About our Collections

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

Search our Collections

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: William Speirs Bruce: forgotten polar hero

John Dudeney examines Bruce’s legacy from his Scotia Antarctic expedition of 1902 to his later expeditions in the Arctic.

Be Inspired: Crusoe's Island

Marking the 300th anniversary of Defoe's classic, Alexander Maitland sketches the life and adventures of the original Robinson Crusoe.

On View: Mapping the peace

David McNeill illustrates how maps reflected and were affected by the Versailles Peace Conference.

Society open house afternoon

To celebrate the support provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable our work, we are pleased to invite you to a celebratory open house afternoon.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.