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SPRI Review 1998: Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

The Friends have had another successful year. The membership now stands at 383, an increase of 21 in the last year. As ever, the Friends are particularly grateful to a number of dedicated volunteers, notably Anne Todd, Sally Stonehouse, Tony Billinghurst, Mary Ledzion, and Pam and Adrian White, who have all given of their time at the evening lectures manning the coffee and tea trolley and the shop, and to Anne Millar, Secretary of the Friends, and Jennifer Dale, Membership Secretary.

As the Museum shop was formally closed during the re-building, the initiative of Anne Millar to sell items at the lectures helped enormously to keep that valuable stream of income flowing. This was further endorsed by the circulation to all members of the shop catalogue, which now includes a broader range of merchandise for sale and credit card facilities.

The first AGM of the Friends was held in November 1997, which was attended by more than 50 members. A buffet supper was held afterwards. The Friends' lunch, now an annual event, was held in May at Hughes Hall and was a sell out.

The Friends' regular donations to the Library, Museum, and Picture Library continue, whilst a special fund-raising was instigated whereby the Friends paid for the glass doors to the new Shackleton Memorial Library, featuring etchings of the heads of Sir Ernest and his son Lord Shackleton. These were formally opened by the Hon Alexandra Shackleton on 20 November 1998.

The Chairman, Philippa Foster Back, is leading two initiatives in 1999. The first concerns the celebrations with like-minded bodies of the centenaries of the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic exploration and the second in organising an Antarctic Tour in January 2000.