Cambridge Science Festival

Booking is open for the Cambridge Science Festival 2019

Celebrating it's 25th anniversary, this year's festival is once again filled with lots of great events taking place around Cambridge, including at the Polar Museum.

Download the programme and find out more about what is on offer here

11th - 24th March. Venues across Cambridge. 

Last Chance to See Polar Encounters

Don't miss your last chance to see our wonderful temporary exhibition, Polar Encounters, which has been on display at The Polar Museum following a successful run at Bonhams last summer.

Featuring 200 years of Arctic art by Inuit artists and European travellers to the far north, the exhibited work from the Scott Polar Research Institute collection shows different interpretations of life at home, at camp & at sea.


Drop-in, free to view. Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-4pm, until 13 April 2019

ETO Present 'Paradise Planet' 

English Touring Opera return to the Polar Museum with their latest opera for children, Paradise Planet, a collection of ocean stories for families and children.

This interactive opera follows the adventures of humans who live on the waves, & the animals that live beneath them, using song, live musicians & sound-design wizardry to show children that they have the power to change the world.

6th April, 11am & 2pm. Booking essential. Further information & tickets here

Polar Science Family Day

Join us for a day of discovery at our Polar Science Family Day, as we explore the amazing science from Earth's coldest & harshest environments.

Object handling, experiments & crafts all day, plus meet polar scientists from the British Antarctic Survey

Suitable for all ages. Drop-in. Part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival

Saturday 16th March, 10.30am-3.30pm. 

The Impact of Plastic Litter

Dr Clara Manno, a Pelagic Marine Ecologist from the British Antarctic Survey joins us to explore the current research into & impact of plastic litter on the sensitive ecosystem of the polar oceans.

As part of the University of Cambridge Science Festival, Dr Manno will join us at the Polar Museum to discuss, 'Polar Ocean: the dead end of plastic debris'.

Free. Booking essential. Ages 15+. Tues 19 March, 6-7:30 PM. 

New Ice Shelf Research

A team of British & American researchers, co-led by Dr Alison Banwell and Dr Ian Willis here at the Scott Polar Research Institute, has measured how much the McMurdo ice shelf in Antarctica flexes in response to the filling and draining of meltwater lakes on its surface.

This is the first time the phenomenon has been measured in the field.

Photo credit: Dr Alison Banwell.

Read more here & here

Work with the Library Team

We are looking for an Arctic Information Specialist to join the Polar Library team.

The role holder will be responsible for the development of Arctic collections including those in the Russian language to support research and teaching.

Candidates should have previous experience in an academic or research library, and good knowledge of the Russian language.

Find out more and apply here

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