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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1999

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 1999

With the exception of David Wilson's lecture on 20 November, 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.

Summer on the tundra

Saturday, 23 October

Bob Burton, Arcturus Expeditions

On three Joint Service expeditions to North-east Greenland (1977) and Ellesmere Island, Canada (1980, 1988), the speaker had opportunity to observe the wildlife of the High Arctic from before the first thaw in May to the first autumn snows in late August. In this illustrated lecture, he will describe how Arctic animals and plants make the most of their short summer.

Frank Wild: the forgotten hero of Antarctica

Saturday, 6 November

Leif Mills

Wild went South with Scott (1901-04), Mawson (1911-14) and Shackleton (1907-09, 1914-17, 1921-22), participating in more Heroic Age expeditions than anyone else. Author of a recent biography of Wild, the speaker will draw attention to the very considerable achievements of a man who has strong claims to be regarded as one of the most significant figures in Antarctic exploration.

Edward Wilson of the Antarctic: the hero in the family from the family point of view

Saturday, 20 November

David Wilson


As Edward Wilson's great-nephew, the speaker grew up among family memories and mementoes of one of Antarctica's greatest figures, for Edward Wilson was by any standards exceptional as artist, naturalist, explorer and man. This lecture represents a unique opportunity to hear the family perspective on one of its own and to view illustrations from rarely seen photograph albums and sketch-books.

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture will be followed by the AGM of the Friends of the Institute and a buffet. All are welcome to the lecture but Friends only should attend the AGM and buffet.

A century ago: the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration

Saturday, 4 December

Robert Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute

Polar Centenary Lecture Series No. 3

The period 1895 to 1920 was crucial for Antarctica's exploration. The classic expeditions of Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson, Nordenskjold, Charcot and others all date from this era. In this lecture, with so many centenaries to be celebrated, the speaker will review the achievements of the 'Heroic Era' focusing particularly on some of the lesser known expeditions and placing them in their context.