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The Appeal Projects

The Appeal supports three Projects and ensures sustainability for the Library, Archives and Museum, which need to be properly maintained as new material, new technologies and new means of providing information to both scholars and the general public become available. Establishment of the Fund is to ensure the Institute can service the changing and growing external demands for research and information.

(i) The Archive Project

Inuit hunters

The Archives provide an outstanding resource for scholars worldwide researching the early polar expeditions, the development of scientific research in Antarctica and the Arctic, and the geo-political and commercial interests in these regions.

The Archive Project aims are:

(ii) The Library Project

One of the Library's greatest strengths is its ability to collect and process information published in many languages; seventy-two are currently represented in the collection. This is only achieved by employing staff with high-level bibliographic and language skills. The Institute is dedicated to making this information as widely available as possible and maintains a website which attracts approaching 200,000 hits each month. The Library Project seeks to develop these resources by expanding its subject-specific and regional directories and databases, and by extending its publication programme, the scholarly quarterly Polar Record and a new Occasional Publications Series.

The Library Project aims are:

Scott and the Southern Party at the South Pole, 17 January 1912 (H.R. Bowers)

Scott and the Southern Party at the South Pole, 17 January 1912 (H.R. Bowers)

(iii) The Museum Project

The Museum Project aims to modernise the Institute's Museum for the educational benefit of a wider public. It holds excellent collections related to the Heroic Age of polar exploration, including much material that at present cannot readily be displayed.

The Museum Project aims are:

Ceiling frieze from the Museum: the Arctic, by Macdonald Gill, 1934

Ceiling frieze from the Museum: the Arctic, by Macdonald Gill, 1934

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