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SPRI Review 2010: 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.

This year, we were able to complete the raising of £800,000 to match the Heritage Lottery Fund award of almost £1 million towards the redesign and refurbishment of our Polar Museum. The generosity of a number of individual donors, together with private trusts and foundations, has made this possible; we thank all of them for their support.

In 2011 we will turn to further fundraising priorities. We wish to endow academic posts, and especially a Professorship in the field of Polar Environmental Science. We are also working to underpin the future development of the Institute’s Archives and Museum. Our highest priorities in these areas are to provide permanent funding for the important posts of Institute Archivist and Polar Museum Curator. Funding for these positions 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.

A watercolour, 'Icebergs' by EA Wilson, from the Institute's collection

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