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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection

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Antarctic Collection

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.

The Polar Museum has received a generous grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to create a fully researched and illustrated online catalogue of the Antarctic material. The Antarctic Cataloguing Project will bring together manuscripts, letters, images and other information held by SPRI to contextualise the objects, and will cross-reference the collections at The Polar Museum with comparable objects in national and international collections. Objects will be added to the online catalogue throughout the duration of the project, which is planned to coincide with the centenary of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition in 2017. Please see the Museum’s New Blog to keep up to date with the progress of the project.

Further details on any item in the collection may be obtained on application to the Museum Curator. For details of public and research access please see the main Museum page of the website. For rights and images for publication, please contact the Picture Library.

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Data in this catalogue was last updated on Tuesday, 13th June 2023.