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Antarctic Cataloguing Project

Antarctic Cataloguing Project

The Antarctic collections held by the Polar Museum are amongst the richest in the world for the study of polar environments, and the history of exploration and science of the Antarctic. They comprise approximately 3000 objects, and include such items as clothing, sledges, skis, harnesses, navigational instruments, scientific equipment and specimens, foodstuffs, and medals and memorabilia.

The collection covers the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton in the 1900s and 1910s, the British Graham Land Expedition in the 1930s, the Norwegian-British-Swedish Antarctic Expedition in the 1950s, the Transglobe Expedition in the 1980s, and the expeditions of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey and the British Antarctic Survey, as well as many others.

With the support of a generous grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, the Polar Museum has created a fully researched and illustrated online catalogue of the Antarctic material. The Antarctic Cataloguing Project brings together manuscripts, letters, images and other information held by SPRI to contextualise the objects, and cross-references the collections at the Polar Museum with comparable objects in national and international collections.

Our cataloguing guidelines, templates and termlists are available to download.

Further information about the work of the project can be found on the Museum's blog.

Project funded by:

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