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SPRI Review 2009: 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. Having gone a substantial way to raising monies to match the Heritage Lottery Fund award of almost £1 million towards the redesign and refurbishment of our Polar Museum, we will turn to further fundraising priorities in the coming year. We wish to endow academic posts, and especially a Chair in the field of polar environmental science. We are also working to underpin the future development of the Institute's Archives and Polar Library. Our highest priority in this area is to provide permanent funding 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
(; 01223-336541).

Captain Scott’s hut at Cape Evans in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

Captain Scott's hut at Cape Evans in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica