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.
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.
7 October 2019
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.
18 October 2019
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.
28 October 2019
A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection.
21 November 2019
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