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Our Picture Library is one of the world's finest collections of photography, artwork and mapping, and records over 500 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.
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An exploration of some long-hidden stories, letters, maps and photographs about men, guns and sand.
21 May 2018
From Cook and Lapérouse to Fitzroy and Dumont d’Urville, a look at the great scientific voyages of the 18th and 19th centuries through the splendidly illustrated folios and elephant folios in our Collections.
14 May 2018
John Thomson became RGS Instructor in Photography in 1886. He was a pioneer in the application of photography.
30 April 2018
Stuart Laing traces the adventurous life of Tippu Tip, an ivory trader in late 19th century East Africa, who assisted Western explorers and also became pivotal in Arab-European confrontation during the Scramble for Africa.
9 April 2018
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