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SPRI Review 2012: Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute

Drawing on a very hackneyed simile, centenaries it would seem are a bit like buses; you don’t see one for ages and then, suddenly, you’ve got two of them. So no sooner had Scott’s Centenary drawn to a close after a remarkable series of events, commemorations and gatherings (crowned, of course, by the service in St Paul’s Cathedral on 29 March 2012), than the Antarctica 100 forum met again in November to sketch out plans for Shackleton’s Endurance Centenary. The Friends of SPRI will play a full role in Shackleton’s celebrations, just as they did in Scott’s, so the Committee has already allocated time and resource to the task. Our programme promises to be exciting and fulfilling, and details will be published shortly. Looking back, our AGM marked the close of 2012 with an outstanding presentation by Elizabeth White, one of the amazing professionals behind the BBC’s Frozen Planet series, who entranced us with recollections of extreme filming and the daily challenges of life in the Polar regions. Those challenges will no doubt have been faced to some degree by our artist in residence on board HMS Protector deployed in the Antarctic Peninsula during the Austral summer in 2013. We very much look forward to hearing Emma Stibbon’s stories and viewing the results of her labours in due course. I should also express the Friends’ sincere gratitude to Mr Robert Brooks of Bonhams whose company has sponsored the artist in residence programme for a three-year period. It remains for me to thank everyone at SPRI for their support, and especially Kate Gilbert, Heather Lane and Celene Pickard who underpin the work of the Friends with great dedication.

Nick Lambert (Chair, Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute)

Arctic tern eggs in a rudimentary nest just above the shoreline in Spitsbergen

Arctic tern eggs in a rudimentary nest just above the shoreline in Spitsbergen