About our Collections

Find out more about the vast collection of items the Society holds.

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

Visit the Foyle Reading Room

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Collections events

Be Inspired: Travelling for Amazement – Alex Maitland

An exploration of the life and journeys of Eric Newby through a selection of his books, including The Last Grain Race.

Hunting for the Southern Continent

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.

People and Places on Film: Primulas, Poppies and Rhododendrons - the ‘Botanical Endeavours’ of Ludlow and Sherriff

A celebration of the plant-hunting partnership of Frank Ludlow and George Sherriff in Bhutan and South-East Tibet in the 1930s and 1940s.

Be Inspired: Supposed-to-be-Land: Indigenous Tales of the Beaufort Sea – Peter Martin

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. 

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.