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SPRI Review 2004: Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Institute staff have continued to give considerable time to stimulating public interest in the Arctic and Antarctic through, for example, media work, public lectures and visits by schools to our polar museum. Appearances were made by staff on a number of radio and television programmes, including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 news. Views and quotations on polar topics, many of which include an emphasis on high-latitude environmental change issues, have also appeared in newspapers and journals, including The Times, The Independent and The Guardian. The acquisition, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, of Herbert Ponting's glass plate negatives of Scott's Last Expedition was featured in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and in both television and radio broadcasts. We have also been working with the BBC Natural History Unit on a forthcoming programme on icebergs. Several staff have given external talks at primary and secondary schools, in addition to academic seminars at British and foreign universities. Our regular series of Saturday Evening Public Lectures also attracts audiences of between 80 and 100.