The lost voices in the archive

In this richly illustrated online exhibition, Dr Kate Simpson brings to light the vital role African people played in British expeditions to Africa in the 19th and early 20th century.

Observed on paper

Explore a selection of drawings and watercolours from our Collections, illustrating people and landscapes, many produced decades before the camera became part of the standard expedition kit.

Dreams and nightmares in the Arctic: The quest for the Northwest Passage

The fascinating story of the search for the Northwest Passage, featuring a wide selection of images from our Collections.

Lights and Shadows

A selection of stunning photographs from the Society's vast image collection, dated between 1851 and 1962.

What the traveller saw: The photographs of Eric Newby

An online exhibition displaying a selection of stunning photographs from Eric Newby’s travels.

Everest - A Reconnaissance

This exhibition showcases a selection of platinum prints made from the newly digitised negatives of the 1921 British Mount Everest Reconnaissance Expedition.

Hidden Histories of Exploration

The history of exploration has often invited celebration; after all, to travel into the unknown is easier said than done. But what, and whom, shall we celebrate?