Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Royal Scottish Geographical Society

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The Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) is a learned society founded in 1884 and based in Perth. The Society has a membership of 2500 and aims to advance the science of geography worldwide by supporting education, research, expeditions, through its journal (the Scottish Geographical Journal), its newsletter (the Geographer) and other publications.

The Society operates fourteen regional centres across Scotland which are the focus for a high-profile programme of more than one hundred illustrated talks annually; namely at Aberdeen, Airdrie, Ayr, Dumfries, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Glasgow, Helensburgh, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Perth and Stirling. Based on its expertise and library, the Society also provides a service intended to answer geographical queries about Scotland and beyond.

The RSGS provides a uniquely Scottish flavour, with particular interests in working with Scottish Universities and educators in developing the discipline worldwide. This is distinguished from the Royal Geographical Society, which although with a United Kingdom-wide remit, focuses on England and Wales.

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society Library is held and maintained by the University of Strathclyde and the Society also holds a significant map and photography collections (at least 200,000 items), together with a substantial archive dating back to its foundation, all of which are subject to a Heritage Lottery-funded project...
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