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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1997

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1997

With the exception of Ann Savours' lecture on 15 November, which will be held at 5.00 p.m., all lectures are at 8.30 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute.

Saturday, 18 October


Halley Bay: from the Royal Society IGY Advance Party to the discovery of the ozone hole and beyond

David Limbert, Royal Society Expedition and former British Antarctic Survey

The speaker participated in the original establishment of this important Antarctic station as part of Britain's contribution to the International Geophysical Year (1957-58). This lecture commemorates Halley Bay's 40th anniversary and celebrates its distinguished scientific history, not least the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole.


The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in a changing Russia

Saturday, 1 November

Tanya Argounova, Scott Polar Research Institute

Currently carrying out research for her doctoral thesis on political developments in the largest of the Siberian republics, the speaker was previously translator to the Sakha Head of State and has a privileged insight into its current situation.


The voyages of the Discovery: from Scott to Mawson

Saturday, 15 November

Ann Savours (Mrs. Shirley)

Author of the standard work on this ship which was specially built for Scott's first Antarctic expedition (1901-4) and enjoyed a distinguished subsequent history, being employed in the first voyage of the Discovery Investigations (1925-27), in the joint British-Australian-New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) led by Mawson (1929-31), and by the Hudson's Bay Company (1905-23)

PLEASE NOTE: this lecture will begin at 17:00 followed by the AGM of the Friends of the Institute and a buffet. All are welcome to the lecture but Friends only should attend the AGM and buffet.


“Running from winter”: by canoe from Great Slave Lake to the Arctic Ocean and back again

Saturday, 29 November

Christopher Morris

Currently studying at Cambridge University for a doctorate in philosophy, the speaker has extensive experience of canoeing in the Barren Lands of northern Canada, revisiting many sites made famous during the expeditions of Franklin, Back and others during the mid-nineteenth century. A recurring theme of all such expeditions was their need to hurry south to the treeline before the onset of winter, something Franklin conspicuously failed to do on his first expedition of 1819-22.