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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1996

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1996

All lectures are at 8.30 p.m. in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road. They are open to all who are interested, and seats will be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute.

Six years in the Antarctic: life and experiences of a British base commander at Rothera and elsewhere

Saturday, 19 October

Paul Rose, British Antarctic Survey

The speaker is the current base commander of Rothera. He has also carried out work on Mount Erebus, Antarctica's only active volcano, with the New Zealand Antarctic Programme.

Sixty years in the Arctic: travels in Iceland, Svalbard, Greenland and Canada

Saturday, 2 November

John Wright, FRGS, FRICS

The speaker's Arctic expeditions include Nordaustlandet, Svalbard (1935-36) and North-West Greenland (1937-38). His recent expeditions to Iceland and Greenland have enabled him to make comparative surveys of the position of glacier fronts today and before 1939.

Sir John Franklin and Eleanor Porden: the sexual politics of a polar courtship

Saturday, 16 November

Francis Spufford

Author of I may be some time: ice and the English imagination (London: Faber and Faber, 1996). Although Jane Franklin, Franklin's second wife, is now much better known than his first wife Eleanor Porden, the latter was a highly interesting person in her own right with a significant contemporary reputation as a poet.

Entertainment for a polar night: music and theatre to entertain over-wintering expeditions in the polar regions

Saturday, 30 November

Peter Speak and Harry King, Scott Polar Research Institute

This will be a festive occasion bringing to a close the Institute's Seventy-Fifth Anniversary celebrations. The presenters will be well-known to Friends. Respectively, they are the former Course Director of the M.Phil. in Polar Studies and the former Librarian and Information Officer.