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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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.

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.

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?

Lights and shadows

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