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Previous events

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AGM Event Saturday 11th November 2017

The 2017 AGM took place at SPRI.

It was followed by a talk by award-winning journalist Michael Smith on 19th century Polar explorer Captain Francis Crozier.


AGM Event Saturday 7th November 2015

At our Friends Talk and Buffet Fundraiser, multi awardwinning professional wildlife photographer Andy Rouse took us on an inspirational journey through his favourite wildlife experiences of his illustrious career.

We also heard from Darren Rees, who has been painting for over twenty years and is one of our most decorated and highly respected wildlife artists and was the Artist in Residence for FoSPRI.

Ice Tracks

The Friends' Shackleton Centenary Voyage

Ice Tracks Expeditions in conjunction with the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) organised a Friends of SPRI Shackleton Centenary Voyage.

21 November 2014 to 10 December 2014

See images and read about this important fund-raiser for the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute. The voyage took in the Falklands, South Georgia, Elephant Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. Honouring Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men was at the very heart of this unique voyage. Organised by Ice Tracks for the centenary year of the Endurance Expedition.


Friends' AGM 2014

8th Nov 2014, 5:15pm - Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

The AGM followed the Shackleton's Legacy Study Day

South Georgia Association logo

Shackleton's Legacy - Study Day joint with the South Georgia Association

8th Nov 2014 - Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

The extraordinary rescue of the crew of Endurance from the Weddell Sea has been told many times. "Shackleton's Legacy" examined, instead, the achievements of Shackleton and his men, and demonstrated the subsequent development in leadership skills, Antarctic science and expedition techniques.

The full programme for the day was sent to members with Polar Bytes 72.

Sponsored by Ice Tracks Expeditions

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Presentation evenings for 2015 fundraising Arctic and Antarctic Voyages

Mon 29th Sep 2014 - 6:30pm - Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

Wed 1st Oct 2014 - 7pm - Academicians's Room, Royal Academy, Picadilly, London

These voyages are an important fundraiser for the Friends of SPRI and a big part of Ice tracks Giving Back Programme.

Trinity House

Trinity House Shackleton Centenary Dinner

Sat 27th Sep 2014

A dinner held for those going on the Shackleton Centenary Voyage and Friends of SPRI members. Attendees shared the same menu as the magnificent farewell dinner given by the London Devonian
Association for Shackleton in 1914.

The evening featured a presentation by Tim Jarvis on the Shackleton re-enactment voyage and a fundraising auction.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

Weekend event at Chatham Historic Dockyard - 7th and 8th June 2014

A varied programme was arranged that included visits to all the sights, guided tours, an inspirational lecture by Tim Jarvis on the recent highly successful Shackleton re-enactment voyage, evening drinks, a buffet supper and a talk by the Head of Conservation.

Discoveries poster

Discoveries at Two Temple Place: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

31 January – 27 April 2014 - Two Temple Place, London

This exhibition presented singular objects and unearthed little-known treasures in the extraordinary interiors of Two Temple Place on London's Embankment, Discoveries was the first major exhibition to bring together the fascinating collections from all eight University of Cambridge Museums.

Two Temple Place website

Sledge hauling

'Discovery' In Canterbury on Sunday, 17 Nov 2013

Philippa Davies hosted a fund-raising afternoon event at her home in Canterbury on 17 Nov 2013 to view the model of Scott's Discovery, which Philippa recently commissioned from expert model-maker Will Mowll. Both Will and Ann Shirley Savours gave presentations about the ship.


AGM Day - Saturday 9 Nov 2013

The AGM day started with a lecture at 4pm in the SPRI Lecture Theatre by Robert Burton titled "What if Shackleton had landed: would he have got across Antarctica?".

2014 is the centenary of the departure of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The rescue of the crew of Endurance from the Weddell Sea ice has been told and retold, but the objective of the Expedition - to cross Antarctica - gets overlooked. If Shackleton had been able to get ashore at Vahsel Bay, at the head of the Weddell Sea, and set off to cross the continent, would he have been successful and return to glory? Or would his party have disappeared into the white wilderness and never have been heard of again? The likely outcome is assessed from three perspectives: Shackleton's plans; his equipment (motor sledges, dogs, rations etc); and the experience of Sir Vivian Fuchs' Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition which successfully traced the route in the 1950s.

Robert Burton first visited Shackleton's grave on South Georgia in 1964 and now visits it annually as the history lecturer on cruise ships. Following a short stint as Director of the South Georgia Museum in the 1990s he has developed an interest in the history of both the island and the Endurance expedition.

The lecture was followed by the AGM and then by a meal.

Scott Statue at Portsmouth

Friends' Summer Event and Gala Dinner

13th July 2013

Visit to the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth and Gala Dinner on board HMS Victory

A service was held at the statue of Scott followed by a buffet lunch and access to the museums, ships and exhibitions in the historic dockyard. The evening offered an opportunity to dine on the main gun deck amongst the guns on board Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.

The Scott Memorial Service Friends on HMS Victory
BAS Ice Core
BAS Fossil
BAS Aquarium

Friends' Special Event

Saturday 20th April 2013, 2-6pm - British Antarctic Survey: Behind the Scenes Tour

The visit included a presentation about the history of the British Antarctic Survey and the current science programmes undertaken in the polar regions.

The afternoon also featured tours of the building including visits to see ice cores, the herbarium, aquarium, fossil collection and the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre.

Terra Nova Wreck Video

The afternoon also featured a presentation showing video footage of the discovery of Scott's ship Terra Nova, by guest lecturer Nathan Cunningham from the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

All funds raised have gone to the Friends of SPRI.

Friends visiting the BAS Aquarium

Elizabeth White talk at AGM

10 Nov 2012 - AGM and Buffet 2012

The AGM took place on Sat 10th Nov. It was preceeded by a lecture on the making of the TV series 'Frozen Planet' and followed by a buffet.

Summer lunch

14 July 2012 - Friends' Summer Lunch 2012

The summer lunch took place on Sat 14th July at SPRI.

Lecture: In the spirit of Scott by Lt. Col. Edwards, Leader of the British Services Antarctic Expedition 2012

Cambridge Sledge Pull

25 March 2012 - A sledge pull in Cambridge!

A SPRI team and various committee members had a go at 'man-hauling' a sledge around Cambridge commons.

Visit the Scott Centenary Sledge Pull website to find out more.


10 March 2012 - Friends of SPRI Centenary Fundraising Dinner at Trinity House, London

A special gala evening, with a drinks reception, black tie dinner and lecture by Frozen Planet cameraman, David Baillie.


12 Nov 2011 - Friends of SPRI AGM and Fundraising Dinner

The AGM was held in the Queen's Building Theatre, Emmanuel College and followed by a fundraising dinner in the Old Library at Emmanuel College.

Friends' AGM

5 July 2011 - Worst Journey in the World - Reception and talk by Dr David Wilson

Dr. Edward Wilson was the instigator and leader of what has become known as the Worst Journey in the World, a six week trip in the depths of the Antactic winter which set out to investigate the evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds. When Captain Scott started planning his 1911-1913 Expedition to Antarctica aboard Terra Nova he asked Wilson to accompany him as his Chief of Scientific Staff.

In January 2012, on the Centenary of the Terra Nova expedition, Orion Expedition Cruises will be returning to Ross Island to give her guests the opportunity of visiting the amazing site of the explorers' hut, preserved as it was when Scott, Dr Wilson and the rest of the team were based there.

In addition to David's talk there was a canapé reception and Orion Expedition Cruises Representative Natalie Read provided information about their cruises. Over £1000 was raised.

Friends' AGM

18 June 2011 - Friends Summer Lunch 2011

The Friends Summer Buffet Lunch took place at HQS WELLINGTON on the Thames Embankment (opposite Temple underground station) in London on Saturday 18th June 2011.

The afternoon included lunch and two guest speakers.

Jennifer Murray talked about her marathon runs in support of the Friends and also the helicopter journeys she has made around the world including the polar regions.

David Mearns talked on "Discovering Deepwater Shipwrecks – From HMAS Sydney to Shackleton's Endurance", this covered what it takes to locate and film shipwrecks lost in very deep waters. David presented the exhaustive research involved to determine where to search and discussed the operations of finding a shipwreck using some recent examples.

Friends' AGM

The Great White Silence

Saturday 13th November 2010

Lecture and preview screening of Ponting's iconic film, digitally restored.

Friends' AGM

2010 AGM, Buffet and Auction

Saturday 13th November 2010

Friends Annual General Meeting, held at the Scott Polar Research Institute.

The auction raised £750 for the Friends.

Summer Lunch

Friends Summer Lunch Event - Saturday 10 July 2010

The Summer Lunch gave Friends the chance for a tour of the recently re-opened museum, plus a behind the scenes view of the refurbished stores area.

Pen Hadow

Pen Hadow: Extreme Endeavour - Extreme Science

Saturday 14 November 2009

A lecture in aid of the Friends of SPRI.

Summer Lunch

2009 AGM and Friends' Buffet

Saturday 14 November 2009

Friends Annual General Meeting.

HMS Scott

HMS Scott visit - Plymouth, Friday 16 October

A report on our visit

Serene - painting for auction

Gallery Event: "Arctic in Danger" - London, 8 September 2009

There was a Friends Event at a Gallery in London in early September 2009.

Summer Lunch

Friends Summer Lunch Event - Saturday 6 June 2009

The Friends Summer Buffet Lunch this year took the form of a visit to British Antarctic Survey offices at High Cross, Madingley Rd, Cambridge.

Ross image

Performance of 'Captain Ross' (1833) - Saturday 8th November 2008

Tickets 10 Guineas (£10.50) from the SPRI Box Office
To follow the Friends' AGM at 7:30pm

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM - Saturday 8th November 2008

The Friends Annual General Meeting is held at the Institute on the second Saturday in November (even if it is Guy Fawkes Night!)

Friends' Summer Lunch

The Friends' Summer Lunch - Saturday 7th June 2008

The Friends' Summer Lunch was held in the Institute on first Saturday in June.

Mike Stroud

Mike Stroud presents 'From Ice to Dust - Travels to Extremes' - Saturday 17th May 2008

Mike Stroud is best known for his record-breaking undertakings with Sir Ranulph Fiennes. In 1992/93 they succeeded in completing the first unaided walk across the continent from coast to coast. Elsewhere, Mike completed the first unsupported, non-stop run across the Qatar desert, covering 200 km in just 3 days. Most recently, he and Sir Ranulph completed 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 different continents for charity.

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM - Saturday 10th November 2007

The Friends Annual General Meeting.

Diamond Jubilee Prize Draw

Tony Soper presents 'The Discovery and Exploitation of Polar Wildlife' - Saturday 11th November 2007

Tony Soper discusses the history of the exploitation of the northern and southern seas since the 16th century.

Friends' Summer Lunch

The Friends' Summer Lunch - Saturday 2nd June 2007

The Friends' Summer Lunch will be held in the Institute on Saturday 2nd June 2007.

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM - Saturday 11th November 2006

The Friends Annual General Meeting.

Special lecture

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt. OBE presents 'Living dangerously: my life as an explorer' - Saturday 11th November 2006

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.

Diamond Jubilee Prize Draw

Friends Diamond Jubilee Prize Draw

The winners have now been announced. Thanks to all who entered.

Special lecture

The Hon. Edward Broke Evans VRD presents 'South With Scott!' - Saturday 30th September 2006

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

Visit to HMS Endurance in Portsmouth

Friends Visit to HMS Endurance in Portsmouth - Saturday 22nd July 2006

A visit and unique tour of HMS Endurance for the Friends. Photos from the 2005 visit are available.

Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer; photograph © Futoshi Sakauchi

Actor Aidan Dooley presents: Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer - Saturday 3rd June 2006

A repeat performance of this powerful one-man play, by popular request. Demand for tickets for this performance is already high and we recommend early booking.

Friends' Summer Lunch

The Friends' Summer Lunch and Polar Book Den - Saturday 3rd June 2006

The Friends' Summer Lunch and Polar Book Den will be held in the Institute on Saturday 3rd June 2006.

Jubilee Birthday Tea

Friends Diamond Jubilee Birthday Tea - Saturday 29th April 2006

This celebratory tea party was held for all members of the Friends and Institute staff, to celebrate 60 years of the Friends.

An Evening with Kari Herbert

An Evening with Kari Herbert - Saturday 29th April 2006

Kari is a popular lecturer and this evening was a special treat as she weaved her famous spell of native myth, family memoir and personal adventure, against the backdrop of the Arctic wilderness.

Visit to HMS Endurance in Portsmouth

Friends Visit to HMS Endurance in Portsmouth

A visit and unique tour of HMS Endurance for the Friends. Photos from this event are avaiable.

Friends' Summer Lunch

Summer Lunch

Our annual Summer Lunch took place on 4th June 2005 and was followed by the Polar Book Den (see below)

Polar Book Den

Polar Book Den

Many Friends have unwanted polar books sitting upon their shelves, and many Friends are seeking to buy polar books. Friends attended the Polar Book Den on Saturday 4th June to buy and sell books.

The Songs of the 'Morning': A musical sketch

The Songs of the "Morning": A musical sketch

This was a rare chance to hear a live performance of the famous songs and poetry from the S.Y "Morning", the relief ship to Captain Scott's 1901-1904 'Discovery' expedition.

An evening with Peter Hillary

An evening with Peter Hillary

The Friends were treated to a talk by Peter Hillary, who has climbed Everest twice, survived K2, skied a new route to the South Pole, summited Antarctica's Mt Vinson and even touched down at the geographic North Pole with his father, Ed Hillary, and Neil Armstrong!

Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer

Actor Aidan Dooley presents: Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer

Actor Aidan Dooley gave a brilliant performance of this powerful one-man play.

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM

Friends Autumn Buffet and AGM

The Friends Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 12th November 2005.