About our Collections

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

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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.

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.

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: Crusoe's Island

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

Be Inspired: The expeditions and legacy of Sir Frederick Lugard

Rory O'Grady tells the extraordinary story of Sir Frederick Lugard, the soldier, anti-slavery activist, adventurer and explorer who became the first Governor-General of Nigeria and a Governor of Hong Kong.

Be Inspired: William Speirs Bruce – forgotten polar hero

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

Be Inspired: Transcribing the Atkinson diaries - Nick Fielding

Thomas Atkinson’s five volumes of diaries, now held in the RGS Library, offer a tantalizing glimpse into the remarkable travelling arrangements of Thomas and his family.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.