With over two million items, our Collections provide an unparalleled resource tracing 500 years of geographical discovery and research.
Please note: The Foyle Reading Room will be closed on Thursday 19 July from 1.30pm until 10.00am Friday 20 July for staff training purposes. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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Our Picture Library is one of the world's finest collections of photography and artworks, recording over 200 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.
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We are part of the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, which each year award six AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral studentships.
One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival on display in a remarkable exhibition created by the Society, curated by polar historian Meredith Hooper.
An exploration of the life and journeys of Eric Newby through a selection of his books, including The Last Grain Race.
5 November 2018
On his second voyage, Captain James Cook became the first recorded explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle and charted many Pacific islands for the first time.
24 October 2018
A celebration of the plant-hunting partnership of Frank Ludlow and George Sherriff in Bhutan and South-East Tibet in the 1930s and 1940s.
22 October 2018
Looking at Ejnar Mikkelsen's 1906-7 Alaska expedition, Peter describes the assistance given by the local Iñupiat community and considers the ways in which indigenous knowledge is often overlooked in histories of exploration.
8 October 2018
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