About our Collections

Find out more about the vast collection of items we hold.

Search our Collections

Find what you are looking for with our online and offline services.

Online exhibitions

Get immersed in the stories behind our Collections from the comfort of your home.

Picture Library

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.

Visit the Foyle Reading Room

Plan a visit to the Foyle Reading Room to consult and research items in our Collections.

Support the Collections

Support our Collections by buying prints, donating items or becoming a member of the Society.

Collaborative research on the Collections

We are part of the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, which each year award six AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral studentships.

Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

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.

Wiley Digital Archive

A digitisation project enabling hundreds of thousands of items from our Collections to be digitised, allowing access to wider audiences in order to support teaching and learning.

Upcoming Collections events

Be Inspired: Herbert Ponting - Anne Strathie

[Online] From California, via Japan to the Antarctic, Anne Strathie follows the creator of some of the 20th century’s most iconic images.

Be Inspired: Arabian Sands - Alexander Maitland

[Cancelled] Alexander Maitland will tell the story of Wilfred Thesiger's first crossing of the Empty Quarter.

Be Inspired: Cross-Channel entanglements - Dr Emily Hayes

[In-person] Emily will explore the connections between the Society and the Société de Géographie de Paris over the later 19th century.

Departures - Alasdair MacLeod

[In-person] An evening illustrating the preparation, planning and moment of departure for a range of historic expeditions linked to the Society’s historic Collections.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.