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SPRI Review 2005: SPRI Appeal

SPRI Appeal

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The Scott Polar Research Institute is an international centre for research into the polar regions and is also home to unrivalled resources of polar information and expertise, housing the world's largest polar library, Britain's only dedicated polar museum, and a national repository for polar archives that record some of the most memorable episodes in exploration of the Arctic and Antarctic. The Institute's Archives, Museum and Library provide members of the general public, as well as scientists, government bodies, industry and polar inhabitants with important information on a variety of polar topics, including climate change, management of natural resources and historical polar expeditions. Through both the publication of our research and by public outreach, the Institute helps to educate and inform a worldwide audience about the polar regions.

Funding is being sought for two purposes through the SPRI Appeal. The first is to endow academic posts in the fields of polar environmental science and in the area of the polar social sciences and humanities. The second is to secure the future of the Institute's Archives, Museum and Library and to promote their further development. Our plans involve, first, establishing a new post of Museum and Education Officer, in order to maximise the educational benefits of the Museum, which will also be redesigned and refurbished as part of the Appeal. Secondly, we wish to provide permanent security for the important post of Institute Archivist, which has until now been supported by a series of short-term grants - an inherently unstable position. Thirdly, we wish to underpin the posts of three half-time Area Specialists within the Library, whose roles are essential to maintain the comprehensive polar acquisitions and translation programmes that we operate for Antarctica, the Russian North and Scandinavia. The cost of the Archives, Museum and Library segment of our Appeal alone is over £5 million.

A number of events have been held during the year which relate to our Appeal, and particular thanks are due to Sir Humphry Wakefield, William Stancer and Rossie Ogilvie (Cambridge University Development Office), and to the staff of Cambridge in America for their support.

Further information on the Appeal is available from Professor Julian Dowdeswell, the Director.