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Map Room

The Map Room is part of the Society's neo-classical extension, which was commissioned in 1930. Its proportions mirror those of the original Lowther Lodge, built in the 1870s.

Expeditions database

We hold a unique collection of over 5,000 expedition reports detailing achievements and results of research from almost every country in the world.

Council Room

The Council Room has been used for the Society's Council meetings since 1930.