This lecture introduces the life of travel writer and photographer Eric Newby and the times in which he lived, following the recent donation of his archives to the Society.

About our Collections

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

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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.

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.

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.

Lights and shadows

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