100 Years of SPRI

This year we celebrate the centenary of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The Institute was first conceived by Frank Debenham, the geologist on Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). In November 1920, the Institute was formally established by the University of Cambridge Senate.

As a centre of study, and part of the University of Cambridge, it would bring together polar researchers and resources for the improvement of polar expeditions and scientific investigation. As a building, it would stand as a national memorial to Captain R. F. Scott and the men who died with him in the Antarctic.

This special milestone in our history offers an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the strengths and achievements of the Institute over the past 100 years, and also to build on our position as a world leader in polar research, education and heritage.

We will celebrate through the year with a series of special events, culminating in a Gala Dinner in Cambridge in November. Keep up to date on our website, social media and future e-newsletters.

Ecofiction Book Group

The Cambridge Ecofiction Book Group will meet and discuss their next title in the Polar Library. 

Free to attend and open to all, they will discuss 'Split Tooth' by Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk artist from Nunavut, which blends fiction, poetry, memoir & beautiful illustration. 

Weds 29th January, 3pm-5pm. Find out more and book your free place.

SPRI Centenary Stamps

To commemorate our centenary year, the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia have released special stamps.

Featuring the Institute, Captain R.F. Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, the stamps are available as individual and also First Day Covers and can be purchased from the Falklands Postal Service website

Virtual Exhibition Tour

'Walking on Thin Ice’ is a new exhibition put together in collaboration with twelve teenagers from across the UK.

This unique exhibition and the project behind it are the first of its kind for SPRI.

Take a virtual tour of this special exhibition in the Polar Museum's Temporary Gallery on our museum blog.

New Tote Bags on Sale

Featuring a close up detail of the RRS Discovery taken from the beautiful Antarctic ceiling dome, painted by Macdonald Gill in the Polar Museum Memorial Hall, this cotton tote bag is now available to buy in the Polar Museum shop.

The bags are priced at £8.99, and you can be purchased on your next visit to the museum.

Volunteer at the Polar Museum

Make volunteering your New Year's resolution and join our team.

Volunteering opportunities at the Scott Polar Research Institute are regularly advertised online. If you are interested in helping us with events, welcoming visitors, working in the shop or cataloguing our collections, look out for updates on our website and social media channels.

Memorial Hall Dome Magnets

SPRI Collections Project Cataloguer, Henrietta Hammant, will give a lecture on the subject of Frank Wild at Preston Park Museum later this month.

Tickets are £7 and available in advance from the Preston Park Museum website.

Thurs 23rd January. 6pm - 7.30pm. Preston Park, Stockton-on-Tees
Spotlight on....
A new field/modeling based study, co-authored by researchers including SPRI Senior Academic Dr Ian Willis and SPRI Institute Associate Dr Alison Banwell, looks at water depths in surface lakes on ice shelves which are driven by daily variations in meltwater input, but also by tidal tilting.

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This beautiful example of a mixed media carving, by Inuit artist David Avilinga Kuptana, depicts an arctic crane with egg and is carved from musk ox horn and whale bone.

Find this and other objects in our online collection catalogue 
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