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Upcoming events

We have some interesting lectures and visits coming up for 2018, plus an exciting trip to Greenland and Baffin Island in September 2018.

Highlight Annual Polar Tribute Sir Ranulph Fiennes pays tribute to Dr Charles Swithinbank 11th July 2018


12 May 2018

Visit to the Gilbert White & The Oates Collection

Location Selborne, Alton, Hampshire

Museum opening hours 10:30am-5.00pm

The FoSPRI are organising a visit to Gilbert White Museum which houses the Oates Collection on the Museum Re-Launch Official Opening Day.

Captain Lawrence Oates is best remembered as the brave Antarctic hero who was chosen to be part of Captain Robert Scott's team to undertake the epic journey of discovery to the South Pole 1911-12. Scott's team suffered inadequate food supplies, severe weather conditions and failing health so Oates sacrificed his life in the hope of saving his comrades, leaving the tent in a terrible blizzard with the famous last words "I am just going outside and may be some time." The galleries tell the story of Oates's early life and most of the space in the gallery is devoted to the story of the Scott Expedition of 1910-12.

To confirm your place please email
The event is free but we are asking for donations of £5 made to Celene on the day.


11 July 2018

Annual Polar Tribute Lecture
Sir Ranulph Fiennes pays tribute to Dr Charles Swithinbank

Doors open 18:15

Venue: Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, London

The Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute invite you to join them for an evening of tributes, featuring a talk by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, paying our respects to polar pioneer and scientist Dr Charles Swithinbank, who passed away in 2014. The event is being held at the Royal Geographical Society, and they will have some of their historic polar collections on display in the Foyle Reading Room for attendees to view before the lecture starts. You can find out more about events and the work of the RGS at Date: 11 July 2018

Doors open at 18.15 for a 19.00 start. There will be a pay bar available before and after the event.

Book your tickets online.


Friends of SPRI Signature Voyage
Greenland & Baffin Island

September 2018

Join the Friends of SPRI and members of the SPRI faculty in conjunction with Ice-Tracks on this exciting trip. Read more...

Friends' Lecture Series

The Friends' Lectures take place regularly throughout the year and are open to all.

Previous events

Get a taste of the previous events organised by the Friends.

More events at SPRI

SPRI holds a range of other events which may be of interest to Friends:

Polar Museum events

The Polar Museum holds an exciting series of events throughout the year.

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Social sciences seminars

Humanities and social sciences seminars from world-leading researchers.

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Polar Museum exhibitions

The Polar Museum has a rolling series of exhibitions, open to all.

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Physical sciences seminars

Physical sciences seminars from world-leading researchers from SPRI and beyond.

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Visiting Cambridge?

If you are visiting Cambridge, information about accommodation options can be found on the Visit Cambridge website.