About our Collections

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

Search our Collections

Find what you are looking for with our online and offline services.

Online exhibitions

Get immersed in the stories behind our Collections from the comfort of your home.

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.

Wiley Digital Archive

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.

Upcoming Collections events

Be inspired: Lucy Atkinson: one of the greats in the pantheon of travellers - Nick Fielding

[In-person] Learn more about one of the greatest women explorers of all time, Lucy Atkinson, who travelled on horseback over 40,000 miles in some of the most remote and hostile regions of Central Asia and Siberia.

Be inspired: Animals in the Royal Geographical Society’s archives - Dr Catherine Oliver

[Online] Drawing on research in Wiley Digital Archives, Catherine’s talk explores the contributions of animals to geographical knowledge and the traces they have left in the Society’s Collections.

Be inspired: Geraldine Rendel’s trans-Arabian journey in 1937 - William Facey

[Cancelled] Hear from William Facey discussing Geraldine Rendel, the first non-Muslim European woman to travel openly in Saudi Arabia.

Be inspired: Airmindedness redux: growing tourism and worldliness through aeromobility in Africa

[Online] Dr Bradley Rink’s will discuss how archival marginalia such as inflight magazines and other travel paraphernalia from the dawn of the jet-age in Africa were used to promote intra-African and global tourism.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.