Royal Geographical Society unlocks its archives with online catalogue :: :: e-G

Blake writes One From says the Royal Geographical Society is opening the world’s largest collections of geographical knowledge. The resources include two million items – maps, photographs, books, artefacts and documents – that tell the story of 500 years of geographical research and exploration.

The Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project is entitled ‘Unlocking the Archives’. The £7.1 million scheme gives full public access to study the Society’s heritage resources for the first time in its 174 year history. A new study centre has been created as an extension to the Society’s building on Exhibition Road, Kensington, London; a free catalogue of the heritage resources is on the internet. “