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SPRI Review 2008: SPRI Appeal

SPRI Appeal

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 an 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 several purposes. We need to raise £700,000 towards the redesign and refurbishment of our Polar Museum under the theme of 'Exploration into Science'. This sum represents matching support for the £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund Stage 2 grant which was awarded in December. In addition, we wish to endow academic posts, and especially a Professorship in the field of polar environmental science. We are also working to enhance the future development of the Institute's Archives and Polar Library. Our highest priority in this area is 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.

Particular thanks are due to Sir Humphry Wakefield and William Stancer for their continuing support of the Appeal.

Further information on the Appeal is available from the Director, Professor Julian Dowdeswell (director@spri.cam.ac.uk; 01223-336541).

The Great Ice Barrier looking east from Cape Crozier by Edward Wilson
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