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Captain Scott Terra Nova Centenary

A variety of events are planned to take place worldwide during 2012 to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Captain Scott and his men. Go to the dedicated website www.scott100.org for information of events as they are planned.

Additionally, the British Library’s online gallery has extracts from Capt. R.F. Scott’s Diary: the 1911 Antarctic Expedition.

Talks and Lectures

Scott Centenary Events: It was from Plymouth that the Terra Nova set out, and the City Museum and Art Gallery is hosting numerous events for all ages. Full details can be found on their website.

See also the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust's website for more Centenary events.

For public lectures given on Saturday evenings at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, please go directly to their information page.



Scott Centenary Exhibition: With Scott to the Pole

In 1910 Captain Robert Falcon Scott set out for the Antarctic. He did not return from this expedition. Having reached the South Pole, he died on the return journey. His body was found, alongside his colleagues – Bowers and Wilson – in a tent just 17.5 km (11 miles) from the safety of a supply depot.

Much has been written about Scott’s role as a leader. This exhibition, located at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), does not aim to judge Scott’s actions. Rather, through Herbert Ponting’s photographs of the expedition, it reveals the intimate moments of one of the most renowned episodes of polar exploration.

This exhibition acknowledges our Nation’s debt of gratitude to Scott for his initial scientific exploration of Antarctica 100 years ago. The spirit of Scott’s exploration, and the dedication to discovery, has left a legacy of scientific excellence which continues today.

Scientists from around the world, including the world-leading British Antarctic Survey (BAS), UK universities and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) [through our Grants Programme] are engaged in the international efforts to answer the fundamentally important scientific questions, about our future climate, sea level rise and the sustainability of our ocean ecosystems.

Examples of contemporary research are illustrated here alongside selected historical images from the exhibition and links to Discovering Antarctica the award-winning schools’ website.

In addition to the exhibition the Society has a number of Collections displays and Be Inspired talks highlighting connections between past and present polar science.

Date: 16 January - 30 March 2012
Venue: Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 3000
Admission: Free


The BAS Art Exhibition

Paul Rodhouse, whose work has been featured on this website, will be exhibiting a collection of his Antarctic paintings this summer in the gallery at 'Gilbert White's House and the Oates Collection' together with Steve Roberts (photography) and Peter Fretwell (Remote Sensing Imagery as Art). The exhibition will open with a private view and reception on the 14 July; he private view will follow a one-day conference 90 Degrees South - A Virtual Voyage, at which Paul will be a guest speaker.

Date: 14 July - 31 August 2012
Venue: Gilbert White's Hous eand the Oates Collection, The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire GU34 3JH, England Tel: (+44) 01420 511275
Admission: Free


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