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Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2000

Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2000

With the exception of the showing of 'The Crossing of Antarctica' on 18 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.

South Pole 2000: five women in search of an adventure

Saturday, 21 October

Caroline Hamilton

As a break from her office job in London, the speaker led an all-woman relay expedition to the North Pole in 1997 and this year led the first British all-women team to ski to the South Pole. On both expeditions, the participants have been ordinary women with ordinary jobs. They now have extraordinary tales to tell, as we shall hear.

George Vancouver: Cook's forgotten apprentice

Saturday, 4 November

Lt. Ernest Coleman, RN

Vancouver led an expedition in search of the Northwest Passage and was for an extended period of time the person who had been closest to the South Pole. Why is it then that we hear so little about him? The speaker, a retired naval officer and veteran himself of polar expeditions, is currently writing a biography of Vancouver which aims to fill this gap.

Sir Vivian Fuchs: a Celebration

Saturday, 18 November

'Bunny' Fuchs died last year on 11 November

First Director of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Survey (later British Antarctic Survey) and leader of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58), Fuchs's contribution to science and exploration places him with the greatest names in Antarctic history. Today we celebrate his life and achievements by showing the famous film The Crossing of Antarctica, introduced by Robert Headland.

PLEASE NOTE: The film 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.

Antarctica's melting ice: hot air or chilling reality?

Saturday, 2 December

David Vaughan, British Antarctic Survey

In this lecture, originally presented in the 'Scientists for the New Century' series at the Royal Institution, the speaker reviews the progress of Antarctic science since 1900 and discusses likely developments in the new century.