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The Scott Polar Research Institute

The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK, was founded in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his four colleagues who died in 1912 on return from the South Pole during the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition.

The Institute is the oldest international centre for polar research within a university. Its work has been devoted to scientific exploration and the collection, recording and interpretation of results. In providing a centre of resource for many polar expeditions, including the armed forces, and working together with other universities, it has become renowned worldwide.

The Library and Archives hold an unequalled collection of both published and unpublished polar material. The Library is open to the general public. An appointment is necessary to consult the Archives.

Other important organisations have been attracted to Cambridge by the presence of the Institute, namely: The British Antarctic Survey; the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research; the Cambridge Arctic Shelf Project; the World Data Centre for Glaciology; the International Glaciological Society; and the International Whaling Commission.

A unique Masters course in Polar Studies is offered, through which many graduates have become internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields.

Public lectures are held on Saturday evenings in SPRI's own lecture theatre, free of charge. There are four lectures each during the Michaelmas and Lent terms, and details will be posted on this site nearer the time.

The small Museum (open Tuesday to Friday 11.00-13.00, 14.00-16.00 and Saturday 12.00-16.00) is well worth a visit. Items are on display include artifacts, paintings, drawings, photographs and other materials from a wide variety of expeditions, all well labelled. The ceiling of the main room is adorned with a twin frieze depicting Arctic and Antarctic maps encircled with the names of famous explorers, painted by Macdonald Gill in 1934.

The museum shop sells a variety of tasteful T-shirts, mugs, postcards, prints and of course some very interesting books.

Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Road
Cambridge
CB2 1ER
Tel: 01223 336540
Fax: 01223 336549
Website: www.spri.cam.ac.uk


SPRI Picture Library

The SPRI Picture Library has an incredible collection of archival photography and art covering the history of British exploration in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Copies are available for loan; there are over 80,000 images to chose from, in various formats.

In addition to the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton, those of the British Graham Land Expedition, the Franklin Search Expeditions and the British Arctic Air Route Expedition and the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition are represented.

The Picture Library's unique art collection includes work by Edward Wilson, George Marston, John Ross and Edward Moss.

The collection provides a documentary image of all aspects of life in the polar regions and the Russian Far East. Subjects range through fauna and flora, transport, science, scientific stations, glaciology, scenery and ethnography. The material in the collection dates from the earliest days of polar exploration right up to the present.

As well as providing images on loan for reproduction, black and white or colour photographic prints may be hand printed to order. This service normally takes ten working days. Visitors are welcome, by appointment, to make their own selection.


Lucy Martin
Picture Library Manager
Scott Polar Research Institute
Lensfield Road
Cambridge
CB2 1ER

Tel: 01223 336547
Fax: 01223 336547
Website: www.spri.cam.ac.uk/library/pictures/

 

Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Anyone with a serious interest in polar matters really should join the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute. Not only will they benefit personally, they will also make a real contribution to the Institute's functions.

The association of Friends was established in 1946 in order to provide individuals with a means by which they could support the work of the Institute, and to keep members in touch with the Institute and other polar activities.

Over the years the Friends have provided valuable funding to the Institute, assisting in the acquisition and preservations of archive materials. Most recently they made a significant contribution to the Shackleton Memorial Library, in which the Friends Room provides a social and exhibition space, computer terminals and reference books.

Today the Friends are possibly more active than ever before. News and information is circulated through Polar Bytes, their regular newsletter. A luncheon is held each summer, giving individuals the opportunity to meet socially with other Friends and members of the Institute. The AGM is usually held on a Saturday in November, followed by a buffet giving further opportunities for Friends to meet.

To join contact Mrs Ann Bean, Secretary, on Tel: 01895 271141 and she will send you all the relevant details.

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