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Friends Lecture Series

Friends Lecture Series

Lent Term 2010 Lectures

Regular lectures begin at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30). Lectures generally last for about an hour, including questions, and are normally followed by tea or coffee. Attendance is free and open to all. Although the Institute is undergoing substantial remodelling, our lecture series is not affected and will take place in the School of Chemistry opposite the Institute. All lectures will be clearly signposted.

Put the dates in your diary now - and keep an eye on this page or Polar Bytes for more details.

6th February "With Scott in the Antarctic, Edward Wilson – Explorer, Naturalist, Artist"

Isobel Williams, Doctor & Biographer

Edward Wilson accompanied Scott on his celebrated Antarctic voyages, the Discovery expedition of 1901-1904 and the Terra Nova expedition of 1910-1913. Wilson served as Junior Surgeon and Zoologist on Discovery and on that expedition with Scott and Ernest Shackleton he set a 'Furthest South' on the 30th December 1902. He was Chief of Scientific Staff on the Terra Nova Expedition and reached the South Pole with Scott, Bowers, Oates and Edgar Evans on 18th January 1912, arriving there four weeks after the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Wilson and his four companions died on the return journey.

Wilson was a polymath: an artist a doctor, a naturalist and an explorer. Isobel will portray his life, from his Cheltenham childhood, to his medical training (interrupted by a respiratory illness diagnosed as tuberculosis), his pivotal work on Grouse Disease and his contributions to the Antarctic expeditions. Wilson was a man who made a lasting impression on those he worked with. After his death Cherry-Garrard wrote, 'If you knew him you could not like him, you simply had to love him'.

Isobel Williams trained as a doctor at St George's Hospital London where Wilson had trained seventy years earlier. In the medical school she was hugely impressed by Wilson's beautiful Antarctic landscapes and determined that when she could she would find out more about this man. After qualification Isobel specialised in respiratory medicine and worked in the training of junior doctors, but throughout her interest in Wilson did not lessen; she felt that although much has been written about Scott, significantly less was known about Wilson. When she retired she spent some years researching and analysing his life and wrote a biography of this remarkable man.

20th February "Penguins to Polar Bears" Illustrated Lecturer

Paul Goldstein, Photographer

Wolfson Lecture Theatre. Tickets £5.00 on the door (Free to SPRI Members)

Guide and photographer Paul Goldstein has spent much of the last eight years in the Poles. From heavy ice breakers to small expedition vessels he is a passionate ambassador for these precious ecosystems. He was guiding recently on the Khlebnikov when it became stranded in the ice attracting every worldwide news source. He has this and many other fantastic stories to tell this evening. He is an award winning photographer so the presentation will be lavishly illustrated. His images of penguins, ice and polar bears are among the best anywhere and are a joy to behold. He is also forthright, opinionated and massively protective about these areas he loves. You have been warned.

6th March "Extreme Conservation: Living and Working in Antarctica"

Fiona Cahill, SPRI Conservator

A talk on the conservation of objects from Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds, over wintering in Antarctica and the conservation work being carried out at SPRI for the new museum displays.

Fiona Cahill BA (Hons) has have been a conservator for eight years, working in both the private and public sector. In 2007 whilst working for the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, Fiona took a year sabbatical and spent seven months over wintering in Scott Base, Antarctica conserving objects from the hut at Cape Royds. Since June 2009, she have been the Conservator at SPRI as part of the museum redevelopment team.

20th March "The South Sandwich Islands"

Bob Headland, Institute Associate

in conjunction with the South Georgia Association

The South Sandwich Islands are one of the remotest chains of eleven volcanic islands, (one of which recently erupted). From their discovery in 1775 by Captain Cook to current events, this lecture will cover their geography, history, volcanology and biology, and include James Cook, Bellingshausen, Larsen, whaling, 'Discovery', Argentines, BAS and politics in 1982.

Bob Headland will be well known to the Friends of SPRI as a Past Archivist of the Institute and long time supporter of our association.