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SPRI Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2003

With the exception of the lecture on 15 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 Scott Polar Research Institute.

Forty years in the Transantarctic Mountains

Saturday, 18 October

Charles Swithinbank, Scott Polar Research Institute

Eight mighty glaciers flow through the mountains to feed the Ross Ice Shelf. Charles will describe his work in this area from 1960, when he first camped on the Beardmore Glacier, to the day forty years on when he put ice from one of the glaciers into his whisky glass.

Bound for Antarctica: reading on the Discovery 1901-1904

Saturday, 1 November

Bill Bell, University of Edinburgh

When the Discovery set sail for Antarctica in July 1901, she carried on board a library of over 1100 volumes. What did the members of the British Antarctic Expedition read during their three years sojourn? How did they use the books? Referring to documents from the SPRI archives, this lecture will attempt to answer these and other questions relating to this remarkable floating library.

S.S. Terra Nova: whaler, sealer and polar exploration ship

Saturday, 15 November, 5pm

Mike Tarver, Captain Scott Society

Best known for her role on Robert Scott's second Antarctic expedition, 1910-13, Terra Nova's interesting history from her launch in 1884 to loss in 1943, encompasses whaling, sealing and relief voyages to both polar regions.

A diplomat on ice: some reflections on the Antarctic Treaty

Saturday, 29 November

Dr John Heap, Scott Polar Research Institute