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: Bloody ivory: artistic endeavour to endangered species

David Hogg demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket, held at the V&A, leads to fundamental questions on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants. 

Collections film evening - Libyan Desert (Bagnold)

Watch Ralph Bagnold, pioneer of desert exploration, pushing the limits of automotive technology on his 1932 expedition – the first east-west crossing of the Libyan Desert.

Be Inspired: Africa at the crossroads: from Maputo to Mogadishu

Our speakers consider how reframing and re-contextualising post-colonial histories through photography and archival activation may promote remembering, dialogue and reconciliation in East Africa.

A Traveller’s Life: Eric Newby

A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.