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SPRI Review 2008: Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Projecting the Significance of the Polar Regions

Institute staff have continued to be involved in the wider projection of polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic through, for example, media work, public lectures and visits by schools to our polar museum. Staff made appearances on both radio and television, including BBC and ITV news programmes. Views and quotations on polar topics, many of which include an emphasis on polar environmental change issues, have also appeared in broadsheet newspapers and journals at home and abroad, including The Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the Sunday broadsheets. 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, organized by Celene Pickard, also attracts audiences of up to 100. The Museum hit the headlines in January when two fragile chalk drawings of penguins, sketched by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton were rediscovered in a SPRI basement store. The penguins came to SPRI in 1998, through William Mills, having been rescued from a basement in Manchester in the 1930s, where they were originally drawn during lectures at Owens College. The Cave family, who donated the boards, visited to Institute later in the year.

Julian Dowdeswell