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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1998

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1998

With the exception of John Heap's lecture on 21November, which will be held at 5.00 p.m., all lectures are at 8.00 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.


A century ago: the first winter on Antarctica. The Southern Cross Expedition, 1898-1900

Saturday, 24 October

Robert Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute


Polar Centenary Lecture Series No. 1

Led by Carsten Borchgrevink, this expedition was the first of the “Heroic Era”Antarctic expeditions from Britain and first to winter on the Antarctic continent. The Polar Centenary Lecture Series will celebrate the achievement of “Heroic Era” expeditions culminating in those of Scott and Shackleton. A 'Southern Cross' calendar will be available for sale at the lecture, the first of a Polar Calendar series.


Shackleton and Elephant Island

Saturday, 7 November

Chris Furse, British Schools Exploring Society

Leader of the Joint Services Expedition to Elephant Island (1976-77), the speaker will give an illustrated lecture on this little visited island group and discuss its role in Shackleton's Endurance expedition (1914-17).


Celebrating the opening of the Shackleton Memorial Library

Saturday, 21 November

  • 15.00 South. A rare showing of Frank Hurley's original film of Shackleton's Endurance expedition (1914-17) introduced by Robert Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • 17.00 Shackleton, Manning and Shackleton: reflections on how the Shackleton Memorial Library became a reality

John Heap, Scott Polar Research Institute

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture will be followed by the AGM of the Friends of the Institute and a buffet. All are welcome to the film and lecture but Friends only should attend the AGM and buffet. Friends will also be welcome to visit the new library after the showing of South.


Survival strategies in mammals and birds at 80 degrees north

Saturday, 5 December

Arnoldus Blix, University of Tromsoe

Based on extensive research in Svalbard, the speaker will explain and illustrate how species adapt to the intense cold and austere nutritional conditions experienced during more than two months of polar night.