RSGS Collections

The RSGS has an intriguing and fascinating collection of tens of thousands of historical and contemporary maps, atlases, books, journals, papers, photographs, drawings, paintings, scientific instruments and personal artefacts, relating to the whole world, but especially to Scotland and the many areas of the world penetrated and settled by Scots. Items in the collection form a valuable part of Scotland’s heritage, often providing the sole records of people, places and events, including unique items such as photographic records of early polar exploration, photographs by and of eminent explorers and mountaineers, expedition reports and diaries, and the RSGS’s own archive. Here are a selection of items from our collections: