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The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

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Supporting Polar Science and Heritage

Association of Friends

The association of Friends was established in 1946 to provide individuals with a way of supporting the important work of the Institute. Funds are raised through subscriptions of varying levels to suit all pockets. We provide assistance to all aspects of the Institute's work as requested by Institute staff, principally through financial and practical help for the Library, Museum and Picture Library.


Ways in which the Friends give ongoing support to the Institute include:

News and information about the Institute and other polar activities is circulated to members through our newsletter. As well as arranging the popular Saturday evening public lecture series, we regularly hold social events, giving individuals the opportunity to meet other Friends and members of the Institute.


Supporting the Scott Polar Research Institute

A world-renowned Institute within the University of Cambridge, linking the history of polar exploration with modern research in both polar regions

The Scott Polar Research Institute was formed in 1920 as a memorial to Captain Scott and his colleagues and is now a major international centre for polar research, information and expertise. From its base in Cambridge, the Institute provides a service to scientists, explorers, governments, industries, polar inhabitants and even armchair travellers the world over.

Executive Friends

The Friends receive contributions towards our work in support of the Scott Polar Research Institute from many sources. Most of our support comes from individual subscribers but we also receive donations and support in kind from Trusts and companies towards specific projects or as sponsorship of Friends' events and activities. These supporting Trusts and companies are our highly valued 'Executive Friends'.

Worsley's chronometer, used to navigate the James Caird during Shackleton's famous rescue voyage.

How do I join?

Either call in at the Institute, send an email message to the PA at, or print out a membership form.


For further information about becoming involved or joining the Friends' Committee, please contact us.