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.

Research on the Collections

We actively support and enable research on the Society's Collections and welcome approaches for new collaborations and partnerships.

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

Secrets of...The architecture the railways built - Tim Dunn

[In-person and Online] Hidden gems, secret tunnels and incredible histories: the ever-enthusiastic broadcaster regularly unlocks and explores Britain’s railway heritage for enraptured TV audiences. 

Primary geography and history teachmeet

[Online] In this online session, we will be asking primary teachers to share their ideas and innovation with the teacher community.

The ship beneath the ice: the discovery of Shackleton’s Endurance - Mensun Bound

[In-person] Mensun will share his own first-hand account of last year's Endurance22 Expedition during which the wreck of Shackleton’s Endurance was located deep in the Weddell Sea.

Glaciation of Dartmoor - Professor Stephan Harrison

[In-person] Drawing on his work on modern plateau ice caps, local fieldwork and computer modelling, Stephan discusses evidence which he believes shows that Dartmoor was glaciated during the last Ice Age.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.