The Royal Geographical Society (RGS)

The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. Since 1830, the society continues to be the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning. The Society has over 16,000 members and also reaches millions each year through publications, lectures and research groups. The RGS offers resources for schools and has modules on Shackleton and his Endurance Expedition.

For example, they offer the module ‘Exploring Shackleton’s Antarctica’, a course that aims to develop an enquiry on the Polar region of Antarctica focusing on Shackleton’s 1914-17 Endurance Expedition (www.rgs.org/schools/teaching-resources/exploring-shackleton%E2%80%99s-antarctica). The RGS archives also house some of the personal items that formerly belonged to Shackleton himself, for example his Burberry hat, and images from Scott and Shackleton’s great Antarctic adventures. The RGS exhibition Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley, where newly digitalised images revealed previously unseen details of the crew’s story of survival before and after their ship was destroyed, has been touring the UK since 2016 (www.rgs.org/about/our-collections/enduring-eye).

For more information on our educational outreach and resources you can visit www.rgs.org/wse. You can also contact wse-education@rgs.org.

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    The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography.

    Since 1830, the society continues to be the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning.

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