About our Collections

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

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Collections special feature: the Moon

Highlights of the Society's lunar related material, from late 16th century 'lunar clock' volvelles to a lead proof strike of the Society's Special Gold Medal awarded to Commander Neil Armstrong.

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.

Upcoming Collections events

Be Inspired: The Royal Geographical Society explorer’s watches

From the Arctic to the Antarctic via the Sahara and the Central Lakes of Africa, these watches were used by almost all the well-known explorers of the period including Joseph Thomson, Ernest Shackleton and Col. P Fawcett.

Everest on film

Join us for an evening which celebrates the films and film-makers who brought us the first dramatic moving images of Mount Everest.

Space and the Society

To celebrate the support that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given to enable our work, we are pleased to invite you to a celebratory afternoon.

On View: an introduction to the Eric Newby Collection

This display reflects the extraordinary kaleidoscope of Newby’s life and times: seaman, soldier (prisoner of war), fashion buyer, travel writer, photographer and first travel editor of a national newspaper.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.

Young Explorers Trust

The YET is an independent, volunteer staffed, nationally based, educational charity founded in 1972. We promote the value of participation by young people in responsibly lead and managed expeditions.                                           

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