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What is the Unlocking the Archives microsite?

This microsite has been developed as part of the £7 million Unlocking the Archives project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is here to provide access to the Society's archives for learners; in schools, colleges and universities as well as people learning in their free time at home. We hope that this site will help to realise the potential of our archives to engage and inspire our audience, especially young people, about our shared heritage.

The Unlocking the Archives project aims to provide full public access to the Society's heritage collections for the first time in history. As well as new facilities including a reading room, exhibition area and collections storage, the Unlocking the Archives website provides online learning resources linked to the collections at the Royal Geographical Society, for use in schools, colleges and universities. There is also an onsite programme of activities and workshops - see Visiting Us for further details. Find out more about the Society's collections and current exhibitions.

New Pavilion

Future Projects - Crossing Continents: Connecting Communities (2007 to 2009)

The Society's historical maps, photographs and archives provide a unique insight into the worlds people, places and cultures. Crossing Continents: Connecting Communities will reveal a selection of these hidden histories through community partnerships, touring exhibitions and educational work with young people. The exhibition programme includes:

· Seeing China - Community Reflections: May to July & August 2008
(This exhibition is available for hire and resources to accompany it are currently online)

· Bombay Africans 1850 - 1910: October to November 2007
(This exhibition is available for hire and resources to accompany it are currently online)

· From Kabul to Kandahar, 1833 - 1933
(This exhibition is available for hire and resources to accompany it are currently online)

· The Punjab - Moving Journeys: September - November 2008
(This exhibition is currently in development and resources to accompany it will be online in the Autumn)

Each exhibition will be accompanied by a comprehensive series of online educational resources, which will be available for download from this website. Exhibitions are available for free hire by schools. We hope you enjoy browsing the microsite and look forward to hearing your comments. To contact us email uta@rgs.org or telephone 020 7591 3057.