With over two million items, our Collections provide an unparalleled resource tracing 500 years of geographical discovery and research.
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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.
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.
Plan a visit to the Foyle Reading Room to consult and research items in our Collections.
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We are part of the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, which each year award six AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral studentships.
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.
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.
A story of courage, compassion and endurance. In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”.
2 March 2020
David 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.
23 March 2020
Historical records provide valuable information detailing how past communities have responded and adapted to extreme weather events, which can inform future responses.
20 April 2020
A lavish display of material from the RGS-IBG library depicting Australia and New Zealand supported by maps, photographs, archives and artefacts.
18 May 2020
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