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Polar Bytes - No. 4, January 1997

Polar Bytes - No. 4, January 1997

A word from our chairman Philippa Foster Back

Happy New Year! 1997 promises to be momentous for the Institute as (hopefully) the first sod will be turned on our new Library. For your Committee it is a time of planning-and _ how we can best help the Institute in furthering its aims: how to attract more Friends; ideas for the shop; ideas to promote our museum; and just ideas! We would like to hear from you too. If you have suggestions about how to raise money (small projects) or something to include in our newsletter, please let me know.

I am happy to relate that 135 new members have joined since last year swelling our numbers to 387. Let's surpass 400! Please continue to encourage others to join.

Raffle for Peter Coker Etching

A raffle is planned for the etching generously donated by artist Peter Coker. There will be a limited number of raffle tickets sold to Friends, Friends of the Fitzwilliam, and members of the Cambrige drawing society. This is scheduled for April so look for information about buying tickets in that newsletter.

David Smith Exhibition

The exhibition of David Smith's paintings of Antarctica has been extended and will be on public display until at least the end of February. The exact date will depend upon when the Museum is packed up in preparation for the big event.

Fund-raising update

Fundraising for the new Shackleton Memorial Library is going well. The most recent donation, a large one, lights the end of the tunnel! We still have money to raise but obviously there is much support and interest from all quarters.

So far, sales have topped £10,000 which means that the Shackleton Memorial Library, The Fuchs Foundation, and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust all get their share of £5,000. Anyone still interested in seeing or purchasing any of these works should contact Dr Pam Davis on 01223 336547.

The Friends are still hoping to contribute a total of £25,000 towards the window in the new building so anyone with any good fund-raising ideas, please step forward. Events that could be planned in your area, organised by you, would be much appreciated!

Polar Book Announcements

From Pole to Pole, The Life of Quintin Riley, by Colonel JP Riley DSO, a biography first published in 1988 is being reprinted. This new revised edition, with added textual notes, a new-type face, and a number of corrections will be available in mid 1997, at a cost of E14.00 per copy. To order a copy, send no money now, but send an expression of interest to: Bluntisham Books, Oak House, East Street, Bluntisham, Huntingdon PE17 3LS.

Francis Spufford's book, I May Be Some Time, has gone into its second printing. Those of you who have expressed interest in a copy should have received a note from Pam Davis that your order has been passed along to the publisher. When we hear from them, we'll let you know.

These Rough Notes has been published by the Cambridge University Press. Reprints are available for purchase at £5.00 per copy and proceeds will benefit the Shackleton Memorial Library, Anyone interested in receiving a copy should send a cheque for £5.00 (if outside the UK, please add £1.00 for additional postage) made payable to Cambridge University (SPRI), c/o Dr Pam Davis, Scott Polar Research Institute; Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB 1 2ER.

Preparations for the new building

Logistical director, Captain Joe Wubbold, has been working long hours in the Gallery deciding how to best use the space we have and where to put staff while the building is under construction.

The anticipated start for the building is 1 April 1997. We have heard rumours that holes will be dug in the small parking lot to search for cables before then and that a skip is likely to turn up by the end of January.

National Science Week Mars Mission: First stop Antarctica

This year's Science on Saturday event, part of National Science Week, will explore Antarctica's Dry Valleys and find out how work there is helping scientists study Mars.

A description of the afternoon follows:

Your mission briefing session begins at 13.00 when we explore Antarctica's Dry Valleys for life, investigating polar ice caps/climate, and prepare for living and working in remote hostile conditions.

Guest lecturers will hail from the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute.

This event, aimed for those 12 years of age and older, will take place on 22 March 1997 from 13.00 until 16.30 in the SPRI lecture theatre. Any Friend wishing to book a place should send a note in writing to Dr Pam Davis, NSW, c/o SPRI.

Attention former and current M Phils, PhDs, and Visiting Scholars!

Stay in touch! In view of the fact that we will be celebrating a new Library addition in the not-to-distant future and would like to include/inform all of our associates of such a celebration, please spread the word to past M Phils, PhDs, and visiting scholars who are not currently Friends to join up! It would be terrific to have an alumni group - not only for the social benefits but for professional benefits as well. Any current Friend who might know former SPRI collegues are encouraged to send them a membership form or to send their name and address to us.

Arcturus Expeditions Ltd

Arcturus announces its `In Searh of Sir John Franklin' expedition, leaving on 23rd July and returning on 2 August 1997. For more details write to Arcturus Expeditions Ltd, PO Box 850, Gartocham, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire G83 8RL. Tel/fax 01389 830204.