Queen Elizabeth II - In memoriam

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the Society's Patron for over 60 years. To celebrate her life and mark her passing, we have put together a short display of items relating to the Queen from our Collections.

Lost lands

An international team of geographers and a Cambodia-based photojournalist have documented the nature and scale of sand mining in the Mekong River and Tonle Sap lake systems to help give a voice to some of the individuals impacted by it, shining a light on the hidden stories behind the global headlines of sand mining.

Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography

Marking the centenary of Shackleton's death, the exhibition explores the role of photography and literature throughout Shackleton’s career, and the influences and motivations behind Shackleton's fascination with Antarctica.

Through the lens of Carleton Watkins

Explore dramatic and awe-inspiring images of the natural environment by one of the most important practitioners in the history of photography - Carleton Watkins.

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.

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?

What the traveller saw: The photographs of Eric Newby

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