By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men

13 Oct 2015

Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance diaries and boots – as well as the largest remaining piece of the doomed vessel – have gone on display in Cambridge, almost 100 years since the ship was crushed and sunk by pack ice in Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.

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Xmas eve on Gjoa, 1903, taken from Roald Amundsen's book The North West  Passage, vol.1

Having a Polar Christmas

25 Dec 2012

With Christmas upon us, Cambridge historian Dr Shane McCorristine and geographer and psychologist Dr Jane S.P. Mocellin take us back to the heroic age of Polar exploration, when festive celebrations served as essential emotional, psychological and nutritional functions during winter’s darkest months.

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This photograph is a composite image made by Ponting to  capture the desolation of the Polar Party.

Final letters mark centenary of Scott’s last march

12 Nov 2012

A new collection of the last letters of Captain Scott and the Pole Party has been released to mark the centenary of the discovery of their bodies in 1912. The book brings together the final thoughts of Scott and his companions in a single volume for the first time.

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Detail from ‘Lost on the Ice Caps’ by Albert Operdi

Dreaming polar lands with the haunted and damned

31 Oct 2012

The Scott Polar Research Institute invites you to take a trip through the psychic hinterlands of Polar exploration for this year’s Festival of Ideas – looking at the dream-like, paranormal and even grizzly side of the Poles.

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One of the photos taken by Captain Scott during the Terra Nova expedition

Lost Captain Scott photos dazzle Parliament

04 Jul 2012

The ‘lost’ photographs of Captain Scott’s final expedition to the South Pole, purchased by the Scott Polar Research Institute with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, were on show at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.

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Huskies by Christine Zenino

Doggie day at the Polar Museum

28 Oct 2011

As the centennial anniversary of the first arctic expeditions to the South Pole is celebrated, the Scott Polar Research Institute paid tribute to the dogs that made the explorations possible as part of Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas on Wednesday.

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