Royal Geographical Society
The Royal Geographical Society
is a learned society
, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical science, under the patronage of King William IV
. It absorbed the African Association founded by Joseph Banks
in 1788. It was given a Royal charter by Queen Victoria
Today the Society is a leading world centre for geographical learning - supporting education, teaching, research and scientific expeditions, as well as promoting public understanding and enjoyment of geography.
It is a member of the Science Council.