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SPRI Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2006

SPRI Public Lectures - Michaelmas term 2006

The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER (telephone 01223 336540). They are open to all and are free except for those otherwise indicated. Seats may be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time as for safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the theatre is darkened may not be admitted. The Friends serve light refreshments after the lectures. The next Public Lectures are expected to be on 10 and 24 February, 10 and 24 March 2007.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Owing to fire brigade regulations visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings.


The Hon. Edward Broke Evans VRD presents 'South With Scott!'

Glass lantern slide by Herbert Ponting

Saturday 30th September 2006 at 8pm (Doors open at 7.30pm)
Scott Polar Research Institute Theatre, Lensfield Road

Tickets £10 available in advance from the Friends or the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER. 01223 336540.

A rare opportunity to experience a classic polar lecture by Lieutenant E.R.G.R. Evans, 2nd in Command, British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913.

This lecture by the Hon. Edward Broke Evans VRD, the younger son of Scott's second-in-command, Lieutenant 'Teddy' Evans (Later Lord Mountevans of the Broke), is based on his father's original lecture and book "South With Scott", on personal reminiscences of Teddy Evans and other primary material from Scott's Last Expedition.

After each of the 'heroic age' polar expeditions, selected officers would tour the world's lecture circuits to publicise their achievements and to pay off expedition debts. Most of these classic lectures, as given by the great explorers, have been lost. This one is a priceless exception.

The Lecture is illustrated with a set of original glass lantern slides presented to Teddy Evans by Herbert Ponting, the expedition's camera artist, using an Edwardian "magic lantern" as a projector.

A Fund-raising lecture for the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute.


Kelly Tyler-Lewis: "The Lost Men"

Saturday 7 October 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:15)

Kelly Tyler-Lewis will be launching her recently published book, The Lost Men, which tells the extraordinary story of the Ross Sea Party of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) aboard Aurora. Researched in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, The Lost Men draws upon material newly unearthed by the author, including diaries, documents, and motion picture footage. She was a visiting scholar at SPRI from 2002-4 and travelled in Antarctica on a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Fellowship in 2002. A small launch -reception will precede the talk, during which the speaker will sign copies of her new book.


Captain Lawson Brigham: "The Future of Arctic Marine Activity"

Saturday 28 October 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

Tonight's speaker is a respected American Coast Guard icebreaker captain (retired) and Institute Associate who earned his PhD at Cambridge. He has published widely on ice navigation, polar oceanography and the Russian Arctic, and edited the volume 'The Soviet Maritime Arctic' (1991). He is Deputy Director of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and Chairman of the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment. Captain Brigham will lecture on the rapidly changing marine access in the Arctic Ocean in response to climatic change and what this means for future Arctic marine activity.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt. OBE presents 'Living dangerously: my life as an explorer'

Ranulph Fiennes

Saturday 11th November 2006
5pm, BMS Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road

This event was kindly sponsored by Cambridge Saab and by Huntley and Palmers Biscuits.

Since 1969 when he led the British Expedition on the White Nile, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been at the forefront of many expeditions. Described as the "World's Greatest Living Explorer" by the Guinness Book of Records in 1984, his exploits around the world have pushed the limits of human knowledge and endurance. In the process they have raised millions of pounds for charity and have achieved some legendary polar records. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE for 'human endeavour and charitable services'; and in 1995 a second clasp to his Polar Medal in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in Polar exploration. Sir Ranulph is also a renowned speaker.

  • 1979-1982 The Trans-Globe Expedition (the first surface journey around the world's polar axis, during which his team became the first people to reach both Poles by surface travel).
  • 1986 The North Polar Unsupported Expedition (furthest north unsupported record)
  • 1990-1991 The Anglo-Soviet North Pole Expedition
  • 1992-1993 The Pentland South Pole Expedition (which attempted the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and achieved the longest unsupported polar journey in history)
  • 2000 Solo North Pole Expedition
  • 2003 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents (This, despite his having suffered a major heart attack and double bypass operation the same year)

Sir Ranulph's first book was published in 1970 and has been followed by over a dozen others. A popular author, Sir Ranulph's critically acclaimed biography of Captain Scott was the best selling biography of 2003. He has kindly agreed to sign copies of his books after the talk.

A Fund-raising lecture for the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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Professor Elizabeth Morris: "Warnings from the Inland Ice"

Saturday 25 November 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

Professor Morris is one of the most senior British glaciologists and has worked on problems of climate change both in the Antarctic and in the Arctic. After working for the British Antarctic Survey as Head of the Ice and Climate Division and as the NERC Arctic Science Advisor she has recently become a Senior Associate of SPRI. She was appointed OBE in the Millennium Honours List for services to Polar Science. Tonight she will talk about her fieldwork on the Greenland Ice Sheet and how the ice sheet is responding to rapid climate change.