Midwinter's Day

Antarctic Midwinter celebrations were started over a century ago by Captain Scott & his team, who can be seen celebrating during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) in this image from our collection.

21st June is the turning point of the Antarctic winter & people working there celebrate as they look forward to the return of sunlight. Often, the day is marked with a special meal, entertainment, & the giving and receiving of gifts.

Have a go at planning & hosting your own Midwinter Party with our 
Home School Challenge

Make your own Narwhal

Looking for a fun craft activity to do? Why not make your own narwhal?

Follow the link for instructions & let us know how you get on, we'd love to see your creations! 🐳✂️

Did you know.... Narwhal tusks are actually an overgrown, highly sensitive elongated canine that can grow up to around 3m long & weigh up to 10kg. Researchers are still trying to find out exactly what the tusk is used for.

Viking TV Livestream 

Our Director, Professor Julian Dowdeswell, recently spoke to Viking.TV to kick off their Explorers Week.

During the livestream he shared his knowledge of Antarctica & the Arctic, & answered viewer questions.

Watch online

Archive Film of SPRI in 1961

We've enjoyed discovering this fascinating film made by Anglia Television in 1961, now kept in the East Anglian Film Archives.

The film, which includes interviews at the Scott Polar Research Institute with founder & first Director Frank Debenham, Librarian Harry King & Director Dr Gordon Robin, gives us the chance to look back at the early Institute, & how things have changed, during our centenary year.

What do Antartic Explorers Wear?

We were joined in the Polar Museum earlier this year by children's TV presenter Maddie Moate, for her YouTube series Lets Go Live.

Maddie visited us to talk to us about polar clothing & try on some historic & contemporary examples.

Watch the episode again here

Virtual Tours of 
Polar Museum

Are you missing the Polar museum as much as we all are?

Before we closed our doors, the museum team recorded some short virtual tours around their favourite parts of the collection.

Join Alex, Henrietta & Mia as they give a brief history of the Scott Polar Research Institute & show us around the Memorial Hall, Arctic, Antarctic, & Shackleton collections & our current exhibition 'Walking on Thin Ice'.

Polar Library Resources

Although physically closed, the Polar Library is still very much open online, & you can get in touch with your questions & suggestions - email.

A new page has been added to the Polar Studies LibGuide, dedicated to polar resources online & summarising the information resources our library holds electronically.

Spotlight on....
A new paper 'Is subarctic forest advance able to keep pace with climate change?', whose co-authors include Dr Gareth Rees & Dr Olga Tutubalina of the Scott Polar Research Institute, discusses the movement of treelines into the arctic tundra.

The paper is available to read open access
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Music was incredibly important on expeditions as it helped raise morale. The barrel organ on display in the Polar Museum spent 6 years on board a ship in the Arctic. It has 40 tunes on it including songs, religious music, ceremonial music and dance

Watch our short video all about the barrel organ, which features clips of the tunes themselves.

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