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.

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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.

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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.

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

The Great Barrier Reef Expedition 1928-1929

The world’s first major expedition on a coral reef engaged with themes that resonate with today’s geographers: underwater adventure, gender equality, climate change and a scientific legacy that lives on.