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SPRI Review 2010: Thomas H. Manning Polar Archives

Thomas H. Manning Polar Archives

With the centenary of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition upon us, the archive has welcomed many readers undertaking research into the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration with a particular emphasis on this expedition. Just under five hundred half-day bookings were made by researchers this year with some 1,215 documents produced for consultation. As well as displaying many documents in the refurbished Polar Museum, the archive lent several of its treasures to the American Museum of Natural History in New York for their exhibition on Scott and Amundsen. The archive also welcomed researchers from the Natural History Museum in London in preparation for their forthcoming exhibition with museums in Australia and New Zealand.

The availability of an on-line catalogue of the Institute’s art collection at has also stimulated scholarly interest in this important part of our collection. Several artists visited during the year to view material from the collections after carrying out their initial research through the electronic catalogue. Our Archive volunteers - Sally Stonehouse, Deirdre Hanna, Michael Laughton and Helen Hale - have again provided invaluable assistance during 2010.

Naomi Boneham