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SPRI Review 2002: Picture Library

Picture Library

There have been many visitors and enquiries to the Picture Library to whom we have provided assistance with picture research, the supply of photographic material and the negotiation of reproduction rights, much concerning the early Antarctic expeditions. A number of books, TV film productions and exhibitions as well as magazine and newspaper articles have been published using images from the SPRI photographic collections. Two major television companies have used material in their films; a Savage Planet documentary by Granada TV and a documentary, The Coldest March, to be shown on Channel 4. Requests for photographs continue to come from across the globe, including material for exhibitions at the Kerry County Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Science Museum of Barcelona, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada, and the Hong Kong Space Museum.

A rolling programme of preventative conservation continues. In particular, the conservation work on the five 'Red' Discovery photograph albums is almost complete. The photographs have been scanned and can now be viewed without damaging the originals. The albums themselves have been rebound and are housed in appropriate conservation quality boxes. The Friends of SPRI have generously agreed to fund further conservation work. Similar work will be carried out on the exceptionally important album of photographs taken by Herbert Ponting on Captain Scott's British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13.

Lucy Martin