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painted ceiling of Antarctica

Teaching a Polar Project?

FREE session suitable for teachers of KS1, KS2 or KS3 classes.

Wednesday 25th October 2017
11am-1pm

Are you looking for activity ideas and inspiration for your polar project? We can help with resources, information, multi-disciplinary ideas, handling collections and activities for your classroom.

This session would also benefit teachers who have booked a self-guided visit to the Polar Museum.

For more information or to book a place please contact schools@spri.cam.ac.uk

The Thing

FULLY BOOKED

Sci-Fi at the Poles: Screening of 'The Thing' (1982)

Tuesday 24th October
7pm – 9pm

The truth is out there, and it is buried in the Antarctic ice in 1982. Join us for thrills and chills at the South Pole with a screening of John Carpenter's eighties horror classic 'The Thing' with an introductory talk by Dr John Ash on dread, fears and the Other in the polar environment.

Introductory talk (20 mins) Refreshments available for donations.

Book here: https://scifiatthepoles.eventbrite.co.uk

Reindeer

Living in the Arctic: Family Day

Saturday 21st October
10.30am – 3.30pm

Join us for a day exploring the Arctic and the animals and people that live there! Crafts and activities for all ages throughout the day as well as a chance to see live reindeer and find out about their natural environment.

Drop-in activities. Please be aware there may be a queue to see the reindeer. Suitable for all ages.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers - Arctic Special

Monday 16th October
10am – 11am & 11.15 - 12.15pm

Explore the Arctic and the people and animals that live there in our special Festival of Ideas session of Little Explorers for under 5s! Join us for story and crafts with renowned storyteller, Marion Leeper.

Book places by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk with your child's full name and age. For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings open on 25 September.

This special Festival of Ideas session is free of charge.

missing maps

Missing Maps Polar Mapathon

Tuesday 10th October
6pm-8:30pm

Join us for an evening of mapping and pizza with the Missing Maps project. With just a laptop and some enthusiasm you can help us map some of the world's most disaster affected places. The evening shall also include a talk from the Canadian Red Cross on the mapping of indigenous communities in northern Canada and an after dark tour of The Polar Museum.

Missing Maps events support Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Red Cross and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).

Book online. Free pizza and refreshments available on the night.

William Speirs Bruce - lecture

William Speirs Bruce

Lecture by Dr Isobel Williams
Tuesday 19th September, 2017, 6pm-7pm

Join the Friends of SPRI for a fascinating lecture by Dr Isobel P. Williamson on the life and discoveries of William Speirs Bruce. Bruce made discoveries that are recognised today. Under the banner of Scotland, he brought a team of experienced scientists together who contributed significantly to knowledge about the Polar Regions. On the Scotia expedition of 1902 to the Antarctic, he discovered new land bordering the Weddell Sea, made an unrivalled number of meteorological and oceanographic records and built a meteorological station in the South Orkneys that still operates today. His contribution to science, particularly oceanography, was probably greater and more lasting than any of his contemporaries.

Dr Isobel P. Williams qualified in medicine at St George's hospital, London and her interest in Antarctica began as a student – Edward Wilson, Scott's confidant and friend, had qualified in St George's and there were many of his iconic paintings in the medical school. Isobel became interested in Wilson and wrote his biography. She then subsequently wrote the biography of Chief Petty Officer, Edgar Evans. Along with her co-author John Dudeney, ex Deputy Director of BAS, Isobel has now completed the biography of William Speirs Bruce. The work is with the publishers and she is looking forward to speaking about Bruce's life and work.

This event is free to attend

Booking essential by emailing: friends@spri.cam.ac.uk

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

11 September:

10am – 10.45am & 11.15 - 12pm

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival.
Children under 1 are free.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

penguins and chick

Wild about the Poles: Stories of the birds and animals in the Polar regions

Friday 8 September, 10.15–10.45am

Friday 8 September, 11.15–11.45am

Want to learn about the Polar birds and animals, but can't get to where they live?

From those who live in the Polar Regions to those taken there, in this talk, we will uncover the stories of polar birds and animals through the unique collections of the Institute's Library and Archive.

Free drop in event in the lecture theatre at the Scott Polar Research Institute

Suitable for ages 14+

Image copyright: Liam Quinn

polar bear and two cubs

Animals at the Poles: A Polar Library Safari

Friday 8 September, 10.30am-4pm

Want to learn about Polar animals, but can't get to where they live?
From penguins to ponies, in this library trail, you'll discover the fascinating material available on animals in the Polar Regions and have a chance to look around the Library itself. Binoculars optional!

Suitable for ages 14+

Free, drop in event at the Scott Polar Research Institute Library.

polar animal toys

Polar Animals: Museum Children's Tour

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 29 August, 10am – 11am

Ever felt overwhelmed by all the exciting things in a museum? Don't know where to look first? Join us for a tour of The Polar Museum with our friends from the Museum of Zoology.

Find out all about polar animals that live in extreme environments and the creatures that lived there long ago. This tour is especially for children.

Suitable for ages 7-13 year olds. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older and younger siblings outside of the stated age range (with the exception of babies under 1).

Free bookable session. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings via: https://childrenstour29th.eventbrite.co.uk

Tour

The Year That Made Antarctica – Bank Holiday Monday Exhibition Tour

Monday 28 August, 2.30pm - 3pm

Join us for a free tour of our new temporary exhibition, The Year That Made Antarctica: People, politics & the International Geophysical Year

Learn about the science and the history of the year that built the Antarctic Treaty - from fossil hunters to Sputnik and Polar politics!

Suitable for 16+

Free entry. No booking required.

polar storytime

Polar Play & Storytime

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 22 August, 10am – 11am

Stories of the polar regions with a craft making session.

Suitable for 4-8 year olds. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older and younger siblings outside of the stated age range (with the exception of babies under 1). Free bookable session. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings via: https://polarplayandstoryaugust.eventbrite.co.uk

Tour

The Year That Made Antarctica – Saturday Exhibition Tour

Saturday 12 August, 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Join us for a free tour of our new temporary exhibition, The Year That Made Antarctica: People, politics & the International Geophysical Year

Learn about the science and the history of the year that built the Antarctic Treaty - from fossil hunters to Sputnik and Polar politics!

Book online.

Suitable for 16+

Free entry.

polar animal toys

Polar Animals: Museum Children's Tour

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 1 August, 10am – 11am &

Ever felt overwhelmed by all the exciting things in a museum? Don't know where to look first? Join us for a tour of The Polar Museum with our friends from the Museum of Zoology.

Find out all about polar animals that live in extreme environments and the creatures that lived there long ago. This tour is especially for children.

Suitable for ages 7-13 year olds. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older and younger siblings outside of the stated age range (with the exception of babies under 1).

Free bookable session. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings via:

For 1 August: https://childrenstour1st.eventbrite.co.uk

polar storytime

Polar Play & Storytime

FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 25 July, 10am – 11am &

Stories of the polar regions with a craft making session.

Suitable for 4-8 year olds. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate older and younger siblings outside of the stated age range (with the exception of babies under 1). Free bookable session. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings via

For 25 July: https://polarplayandstoryjuly.eventbrite.co.uk

Polar Animals

Fat fur & Blubber - How to stay warm in the polar regions

Saturday 8 July, 12pm - 5pm

on Parker's Piece in the Fun Lab Marquee

Find out how polar bears survive in the cold, how whales survive the icy oceans and find out if you can survive an icy challenge!

Free drop-in activities for all ages.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

5 July:

10am – 10.45am & 11.15 - 12pm

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival.
Children under 1 are free.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

The Year That Made Antarctica

The Year That Made Antarctica – Exhibition Tours

Tuesday 27 June, 1.15pm - 1.45pm

Join us for a free tour of our new temporary exhibition, The Year That Made Antarctica: People, politics & the International Geophysical Year

Over dinner in the spring of 1950 a party of scientists produced an ambitious proposal for a global year of science: the International Geophysical Year was born. With a heavy emphasis on Antarctica, thousands of people from dozens of countries came together to learn about our planet. Among many other achievements, the year laid the foundations for the Antarctic Treaty which has preserved the continent for science and peaceful activity for almost sixty years.

Book online.

Suitable for 16+

Free entry.

Penguins

In the pink: why penguin poo is extremely interesting

Thursday 23rd March

NOW FULLY BOOKED

6pm – 7pm

Gareth Rees is part of a team from the Scott Polar Research Institute and the British Antarctic Survey, developing new ways of counting penguins from space. In this talk he will explain how, where and why he and his student became world experts in the colour of penguin poo and what this might tell us about climate change.

For ages 15+. Book your free ticket.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers - Wandering Rocks

Wednesday 15 March

10am – 11am & 11.15 – 12.15am

Dive below the polar surface in search of rocks, fossils and other natural objects in this sensory story session for the under-5s with storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Book places my emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk with your child's full name and age.

This special Science Festival session is free of charge.

iceberg

Polar Science - 'Back to Nature' Activity Day

Saturday 18 March

10.30am- 3.30pm

Explore the wonders of Nature at the Poles! Penguins, plants and colour changing skies, all at our Polar science activity day! There will be range of drop in activities for ages 3+.

Now joining us for the day - The Cambridge Science Centre and The British Antarctic Survey Scientists!

Aurora

Twilight at The Polar Museum

Wednesday 15th February 2017

4.30pm - 7.30pm

Experience the darkness of a polar winter.

Explore the gallery at the Polar Museum; what will you hear? What will you see? Who will you meet?

Drop-in activity for families. Please be warned that there can be large queues. This year there will also be a cafe open just next to us in the Chemistry Department so you can keep warm with a nice hot drink!

Find out what is going on at some of the other University of Cambridge Museums!

painted ceiling of Antarctica

Teaching a Polar Project?

FREE session suitable for teachers of KS1, KS2 or KS3 classes.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

11am-1pm

Are you looking for activity ideas and inspiration for your polar project? We can help with resources, information, multi-disciplinary ideas, handling collections and activities for your classroom.

This session would also benefit teachers who have booked a self-guided visit to the Polar Museum.

For more information or to book a place please contact schools@spri.cam.ac.uk

Friozen Worlds Image

Science Centre Pop Up @ The Polar Museum

Tuesday 14 February

10.30am - 3.30pm

Come and get hands-on with Cambridge Science Centre this half term at The Polar Museum! We'll be at the museum with some fun, space themed activities and experiments. Find out how you keep warm, whether in space or on Earth! Can you identify a meteorite? Plus, get crafty and make a rainbow bracelet to take home.

Drop in activities for families throughout the day.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 30th November: 10.00am and 11.15am

A different story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. One year olds and under are free.

Sessions last approximately 50 minutes.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.
museum escape

Museum Escape: The Polar Domes

Thursday 17 November

Due to a cancellation there is now a slot available at 6.30-7.30pm

Back due to popular demand - Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum brings you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room before you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

Bookings begin September 26th. To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Family pic

Family Activity Day

'Movement' is the theme for the Festival of Ideas 2016. See how extinct giant penguins and tyrannasaurs moved through Antarctica millions of years ago when it's climate was less harsh. And try out how scientists and explorers have moved through the ice in more recent times.

Saturday October 29th, 11.00am - 4.00pm.

No need to book, just drop in and join us.

museum escape

Museum Escape: The Polar Domes

Tuesday 25 October Slots at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm

All sessions are currently booked. In the event of cancellations, we will re-open bookings.

Back due to popular demand - Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum brings you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room before you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

Bookings begin September 26th. To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Data Floes image by Richard Stonehouse

Data Floes

This event is fully booked. It is quite likely that there will be cancellations on the night of the event. We will operate a queue for admission on the night but we cannot guarantee entry.

Hear artists and scientists talk about how they have used climate and environmental data sets to explore issues around the communication of science.

Our event showcases work by artists, composers and scientists who share a desire to enable a different kind of access to knowledge, an access that is direct and unmediated and that acts as a gateway to understanding.

20 October, 7.00pm. Book at: datafloes1.eventbrite.co.uk.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 12th October: 10.00am and 11.15am

A different story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. One year olds and under are free.

Sessions last approximately 50 minutes.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

IMP

Wunderkammer

Comedy at the Polar Museum Fresh from the Edinburgh fringe, hilarious comedy improv group Do Not Adjust Your Stage bring 'Wunderkammer' to the Polar Museum.

Discover intriguing objects from our collection, then watch on as the group create totally improvised comedy, scenes, stories and characters in response.

29 September 7.00pm-9.00pm

SOLD OUT

Deep freeze image

Operation Deep Freeze

You can enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our next exhibition, Operation Deep Freeze, before its official opening in October.

Join the Polar Museum's Exhibition Officer Bryan Lintott for a tour of the exhibition, and discover the technology that went into establishing the first American Antarctic base in the 1950s through the work of artists on the team.


Tuesday 27 September 6pm. It's fre

Tour

Polar tours for families 2016

A guided tour of the highlights of the museum including tales of adventure.

Suitable for ages 4 to 8.

Wednesday 10th August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 24th August: 11.00am.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.

Storytelling session

Snowy storytelling activities. Different stories every time!

Suitable for ages 4 to 8.

Wednesday 3rd August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 17th August: 11.00am.

Wednesday 31st August: 11.00am.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.

Toy boat and arctic figure

Friday Fun, Polar Play

Create frozen worlds through play and construction using the museum's kits and toys. Suitable for ages 4 to 10.

Friday 29th July: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 5th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 12th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 19th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

Friday 26th August: 11.00am 'til 12.30pm.

No need to book.

This event is part of Summer at the Museums. Click for more information.

Polar explorers illustration

Chill out this summer - The Big Weekend and beyond...

Come and get chilled on a summer's day!

Find out how explorers like Ernest Shackleton, a hundred years ago, polar scientists nowadays and creatures like penguins and caribou cope with the cold.

The Big Weekend: Saturday 9th July on Parker's Piece, 12.00 'til 5.00pm.

Children's and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPs): Wednesday 27th July at Lammas Land, 1.00 'til 4.00pm.

ChYpPs: Wednesday 10th August at Trumpington, King George V Playing Field, 12.30 'til 4.30pm.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 18th May - 10.00 – 10.45

SORRY, WE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED!

A different story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. One year olds and under are free.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

Lucky 13?

Lucky 13?

Evening of storytelling for adults

Friday 13 May, 7pm-9.30pm


Event Description Has your life ever been held balanced on a knife edge? Has your fate been taken out of your hands, the difference between glory and ignominy depending on a gust of wind?

Lit by the sparkle of a storyteller's eye, immerse yourself in tales and legends where good luck, and bad, turn worlds upside down. The Polar Museum at S.P.R.I. host the Cambridge Storytellers as they recount adventures from the extreme north and south of the world. Inuit legends will be woven between moments from the epic tale of Ernest Shackleton's failed Trans-Antarctic expedition.

Tickets cost £6

Suitable for 18 years +

Booking Essential

Image of textile map of the Antarctic

Antarctica is all stitched up!

Handling session for blind and partially sighted adults

Wednesday 27 April 2016 | 15:00 to 15:45
at the Fitzwilliam Museum


Join trained Museum staff from the Polar Museum and explore their interactive textile map of Antarctica.

This free event will take place at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Booking Essential.

tel: 01223 332904

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 16th March - Now fully booked

A different story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age, and the time of session you would like to attend.

Man looking out of hut

On the Axis of this World

Tuesday 15th March

6.15-8.00pm

Cambridge City Opera, in association with The Polar Museum, presents On the Axis of this World by Matt Rogers - an operatic meditation on the vast perspectives of Antarctica, inspired by the words of British explorers. Their haunting writings reach out to us through a through a shifting musical landscape born of weather systems and ice flow.

6.15pm – 7pm Introductory talk on Polar Science
7pm -7.15pm Intermission
7.15pm – 8pm 'On the Axis of this World'
Music: Matt Rogers
Words: Verbatim, from the papers of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-13
Book Tickets: £8.50 (standard) / £5.75 (concessions)
Concessions include persons over 60 years, persons registered disabled, under 16s and full time students (student ID required on the door before entry).

Booking is essential.

Image copyright: Claire Shovelton

image of tent

Polar Science Family Day

Saturday 12th March

11am - 3.30pm

Brought to you by the British Antarctic Survey and The Polar Museum

Join us at The Polar Museum for a day full of polar science activities and experiments. Learn polar survival skills and find out about the latest discoveries in Antarctic science.

No need to book - this is a FREE drop in event for families.

conservator talking to people

The Private Life of Museums

Wednesday 9th March

6.00 - 7.30

Grab a mocktail and chat with conservators about what we do behind the scenes at the University of Cambridge Museums. You'll have a chance to see some of our amazing projects up close and get a private view of the Polar Museum too.

Reception for 15-18 year olds. Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential.

jugs of colourful liquid

Bitesize Polar Science Evening

Monday 7th March: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cleanse your palate for an evening of bitesize science at The Polar Museum. Try out experiments yourself and be entertained by our buskers from the British Science Association!

This is a FREE drop in evening for adults

Explorers

The Big Game Night

Thursday 22 October, 6pm – 7.30pm

The Polar Museum

Back due to popular demand, The Museum of Zoology, The Whipple Museum & The Polar Museum bring you a night of entertainment with our very own game show Q-ice. Watch as our contestants battle out for museum domination with our wise and witty compere, Ed Turner. Points will be given for knowledge, perseverance and of course for pure entertainment value.

Free, Booking required here

Booking starts from 21 September 2015

18+

Snow Shoe

Polar Exploration: A Touch Tour for People with Visual Impairment

Monday 26 October, 11am – 12.15pm & 2.30pm – 3.45pm

Join us for the Polar Museum's first touch tour. Handle the objects that made polar exploration history and get close to our rarely seen collections.

This tour is designed specifically for people with visual impairment.

Ages 7+. Accessible for both children and adults with visual impairment.

Book here. Or call 01223 336562

Booking starts from 21 September 2015

Endurance Ship

The Encyclopaedia Britannica in Antarctica

Monday 26 October, 6pm – 7.30pm

NOW FULLY BOOKED

The Polar Museum

Heading south in 1914, Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance was loaded with equipment, clothing and food needed by 28 men to survive and explore in Antarctica. But tucked on board were things essential for men's minds. A gramophone, musical instruments, packs of playing cards, footballs; most important, books. Pride of place, available for all to borrow were the 28 volumes of the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. A treasure house of information, instructions and the latest thinking. Meredith Hooper and Rosalind Grooms will describe how, as Shackleton's expedition unfolded in ways unplanned and danger-filled, the Encyclopaedia began fulfilling roles beyond the relief of reading. The talk will be followed by an optional guided tour of the Polar Museum at 7pm.

Free, Booking required here

Booking starts from 21 September 2015

18+

Explorers Day

Explorers and Collectors Activity Day

Wednesday 28 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

Exploring the unknown, expeditions to find rare artefacts, collecting specimens of creatures from the distant past… Join the University of Cambridge Museums as we celebrate the explorers and collectors that make our museums. Science experiments, craft activities and much more throughout the day as you get the chance to be an explorer yourself!

With special activities from the Botanic Garden, the Whipple Museum, the Museum of Zoology, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Free, Drop in activities, so no booking required. Suitable for children of all ages.

Ozone Hole by NASA

The Ozone Hole Discovery - 30 years on

Wednesday 16 September, 6pm - 8pm

The Polar Museum

NOW FULLY BOOKED

We will now be live streaming the event at this site https://cam.adobeconnect.com/ozone/ so you can watch even if you were unsuccessful in getting a ticket.

Join Jon Shanklin, one of the trio from British Antarctic Survey who made the discovery of the ozone hole in 1985 to find out how it led to a global ban on harmful-ozone depleting substances - and hear from Professor John Pyle about his award-winning research into ozone depletion today. Is the hole healing? Are we safe from harmful UV rays? This event celebrates 'The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer' marking the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the ozone hole.

The talk is scheduled from 6pm -7.30pm with the opportunity for a short tour of The Polar Museum afterwards. Refreshments will be available to purchase before and after the talk.

This is part of the Green Museums project across the University of Cambridge Museums

Book your free ticket here

Polar Domes

The Polar Museum Children's Tour

Monday 17 August &

Monday 24 August - THIS TOUR NOW FULLY BOOKED

11am – 11.45am

Suitable for ages 7-13 year olds

Ever felt overwhelmed by all the exciting things in a museum and didn't know where to look first? Join us for a tour of The Polar Museum where we will tell you all about the Polar Regions, and everything from explorers to shamanism. This tour is especially for children.

Free bookable session. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings via email: museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

children's activties

Drawing out Science Activity Day

Wednesday 5 August 2015, 11am – 4pm at the Polar Museum

Suitable for families and children of all ages.

Get inspired by science and make something creative! Polar Science not only helps us discover our changing world, but can inspire the artist in all of us. Join us for our activity day where art and science meet! Science experiments with ice! Drawing activities with artist Emma Stibbon and scientist Professor Katharine Cashman, with many more activities available throughout the day.

Free drop in activities available all day plus bookable drawing workshops with artist Emma Stibbon at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Workshops last 45 minutes and are for ages 7+ and can be booked here.

storytime

Get Creative with Science: Storytelling and Activity Session

Thursday 6 August 2015, 10am -11.30am at the Polar Museum

Suitable for 4-8 year olds

NOW FULLY BOOKED

Ever thought about the stories behind science? Or the adventures had by explorers and scientists? Join us for science storytime followed by drawing activities with artist, Emma Stibbons.

Free bookable session (All children must be accompanied by an adult)

Bookings via email: museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 24 June

10am – 10.45am

NEW FORMAT, NEW LOWER PRICE!

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton's Cat

A new interactive opera for children aged 7-11 and their families

29th May 2015, 2pm and 30th May 2015, 11.30am & 2pm

ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT

English Touring Opera are delighted to be performing their engaging new children's opera at the Polar Museum this May half term. Featuring nine performers including singers and players, Shackleton's Cat tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs and a puppet cat.

Shackleton's Cat is created by ETO's award-winning team: composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer and director Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden, with thanks to the Scott Polar Research Institute for historic information and resources.

Tickets: £5 adults, £4 children. Running time: 1 hour

Booking: http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/scottpolar

More information: http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/shackletons-cat

Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories: Green Museums

A Panel Discussion

Thursday 14 May 2015, 6pm - 7.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight.

As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums.

Book online

Ages 16+

See also other Museums at Night events across the university museums.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 20 May

10am – 10.45am

NEW FORMAT, NEW LOWER PRICE!

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age.

Iceberg

Polar Inspiration - An Evening of Short Plays

Monday 13 April 2015, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Four fully staged short plays written by local writers, inspired by a tour of the Polar Museum. From icebergs to volunteer museum helpers, spirits of the Poles and statues of the brave explorers, characters freezing to death, falling in and out of love, hating and protecting each other. By the end of the evening you will be questioning the ethical, political and personal aspects of the polar expeditions but also find new meanings in a stuffed polar bear or a winter parka.

7:30pm - 8.40pm The Plays

Ice by Jean Reese-Lyons

The Lost Boy by Dave Pescod

This is Water by Rachel Mariner

Cast Out by Trish Rawson

Followed by an optional guided tour of the museum which will last app. 30 minutes. Afterwards you are welcome to stay for a drink and an informal chat with the writers, the cast and the production team.

Book here: http://polarinspiration.brownpapertickets.com/

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A Victorian Polar Explorer Remembered: Vice-Admiral Sir George Nares

Tuesday 28 April 2015, 6pm - 7pm

The commander of the first steam vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1874, Vice-Admiral Sir George Nares played a pivotal role in Victorian Arctic exploration. The commander of the "Challenger" expedition to the Antarctic in 1874 and the British Arctic Expedition in 1875, when he took charge of the "Discovery" and "Alert" in search of the North Pole. On the centenary of his death, descendent Jerrard Nares will discuss this extraordinary Victorian polar pioneer.

Book here

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

25 March 2015, 10am – 11am

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age. Places cost £3 per child payable on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Under 5s only.

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Museum Escape: The Polar Domes

Tuesday 17 March, Slots at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm

NOW FULLY BOOKED

Back due to popular demand - Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum brings you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

Woman in Antarctica

Tales from the Poles: Women in Antarctica

A Panel Discussion

Tuesday 10 March, 6pm – 7.30pm

In the great white wildness, Antarctica is a place of legend. Hear stories from the field from expert scientists from the British Antarctic Survey with a female perspective.

This is now fully booked, but please come to our drop in late night opening to talk to female scientists from 7.30pm

Late Night Opening

Tuesday 10 March, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The panel discussion will be followed by a late night opening of the Polar Museum where you can meet and talk to female polar scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute and the British Antarctic Survey whilst browsing the museum with a glass of wine in tow!

No booking required for late night opening. You can attend this without attending the Panel Discussion.

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Look in to the Polar Light: Family Day

Saturday 14 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Brought to you by the British Antarctic Survey and the Polar Museum:

How do the Northern lights work? Why do birds migrate with the light? And how do plants in the ocean store up a greenhouse gas? Find out at our family drop in day.

Including the Pop-up Zoology Museum!

All ages, drop in activities, so no booking required.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

25 February 2015, 10am – 11am

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age. Places cost £3 per child payable on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Under 5s only.

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Come in and try our new Polar Poetry Pack

Fun for all ages and the whole family!

From Tuesday 17 February 2015

From half term children, families and budding poets will be able to enjoy a new resource at the Polar Museum. The Poetry Pack is specially designed to help you write poems in response to the unusual objects you will find around the museum. You will be equipped with a back pack, snow goggles, and all the equipment you will need to create your own Polar Poetry expedition. Do send us your finished poems or leave them in the poetry box in the museum and we will upload them to our Polar Muse website for all to enjoy.

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Twilight: Deep Sea Darkness

Wednesday 18 February, 4.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

Join the Zoology and Polar Museums for a deep-sea dive into underwater darkness.

Find out about creatures from the ocean's depths with games, specimens, and then take a torch-lit walk around the galleries with the sounds of the ocean.

Drop-in. Bring a torch!

Once you have queued, you will be led into the Polar Museum lecture theatre for your first activity for 15 minutes, where seating is provided. Afterwards you can explore the main museum.

No booking required. Drop in only.

Information on other Twilight events is available.

In time for tomorrow: Why is climate change so easy to ignore?

A talk and reception with Rosemary Randall and Andy Brown

Monday 9 February, 6pm - 7.30pm

In time for tomorrowRosemary Randall, (psychotherapist researching and writing on climate change) and Andy Brown (energy consultant), will discuss the factors that stop people engaging with difficult subjects like climate change. Exploring why engagement needs to be psychological and social as well as practical, they set about creating a project that would help people past their avoidance of this difficult topic.

The Carbon Conversations project is now used by a growing number of organisations across the UK, with the second edition of the handbook, In Time for Tomorrow? just released.

Drinks available from 6pm with the talk beginning at 6.30pm.

Book your free place.

Little Explorers

Little Explorers

21 January 2015, 10am – 11am

Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Please book by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk stating your child's full name and age. Places cost £3 per child payable on arrival. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Under 5s only.

Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff

Monday 20 October – Sunday 23 November 2014

Five weeks of exhibitions, events, workshops, performances, talks, trails and hand-on fun bringing together culture and creativity across the city

* VISIT THE FULL CURATING CAMBRIDGE WEBSITE AT WWW.CURATINGCAMBRIDGE.ORG.UK *

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The Thing Is…' Lunchtime Talk Series

1.15pm - 1.45pm on Tuesday 21 October, Tuesday 28 October, Tuesday 4 November

Location: The Polar Museum

Exhibiting a loaned object from each of the other University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Gardens with a paired item from The Polar Museum's collections, the temporary exhibition 'The Thing Is…' will raise questions about the nature of curating, collecting, and the stories objects can tell us.

Join us for one of our lunch time talks relating to individual themes from the exhibition. For more information of the speaker for each of the talks, please see The Polar Museum website.

Free, Drop-in, Adults

Tuesday 21 October: Combining collections, the making of 'The Thing Is ...'- Curator Bridget Cusack & Film maker Rosie Amos

Tuesday 28 October: Exploration and Odysseus - Dr Kate Beats from the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Tuesday 4 November: Sawdust and Threads: Taking apart a Museum - Artist Caroline Wright will discuss her work with de-accessioned museum objects.

Fitz Family Day: Curious Collections

Wednesday 29 October, 12.00 – 16.00,

Location: The Fitzwilliam Museum

As part of Curating Cambridge the Fitzwilliam Museums Family programme will be taken over by Cambridge Museums including the Polar Museum. Join them in creating and organising your own collection by joining in various activities spread throughout the Museum. What curious stories and connections will you discover between objects and creatures from across time and the world?

Free, Drop-in, All Ages

'Treaty Yourself ': Drop in activities with theatre maker Rachel Mars

Thursday 30 October, 11am – 2pm

Location: The Polar Museum, Lecture Theatre

The Ceremonial South Pole has gone missing. You are invited to be part of an urgent International Antarctic Treaty meeting. Take your seat around the table, open your tool box and work together with other countries to complete special tasks to help find it!
Activity last about 20 minutes, running from 11am - 2pm.

Free, Drop-in, Ages 7+

In Conversation with a Museum: The Polar Muse

Tuesday 4 November, 6pm

Location: The Polar Museum

Hear from the eight poets who have taken over The Polar Museum as part of the Polar Muse project.
Readings and conversation with Lucy Hamilton, Sarah Howe, Rod Mengham, Drew Milne, Redell Olsen, Andrea Porter, Lucy Sheerman and Rebecca Watts.

Tickets free, Booking required https://thepolarmuse.eventbrite.co.uk

Whale of a Time Family Drop in Day

Saturday 15 November, 10.30am – 3.30pm,

Location: The Polar Museum

Have a whale of a time at our family drop in day. Join us in our Polar Ocean, hear whale song, stories from the depths and go fishing for information with our whale expert. Don't forget to bring the whole pod for a virtual splash around.

Including 'Ocean Song: Sounds of the Sea workshop' with the Museum of Zoology team at 2pmin the Polar Museum Lecture Theatre.

This is a drop in day for the whole family, but the Ocean Song Workshop is bookable for ages 7 – 13 years old. See the Polar Museum website for booking information.

Free, Drop-in, All Ages

Museum Escape – The Polar Domes

Tuesday 11 November, Slots at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm:

Fully Booked

Location: The Polar Museum

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum and the Sedgwick Museum bring you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are 'locked in'. The Polar Museum will be open to the public to browse from 4.30pm – 8.30pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm 7.30pm & 8.30pm. With only five slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group. We also have 'Museum Escape: The Crystal Room' at the Sedgwick Museum on 18 November.

To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

Museum Escape – The Crystal Room

Tuesday 18 November, Slots at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm:

Fully Booked

Location: The Sedgwick Museum

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the museum…The Polar Museum and the Sedgwick Museum bring you 'Museum Escape', an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are 'locked in'. The Sedgwick Museum will be open to the public to browse from 5pm – 8pm and a bar will be available.

Each slot is 45 minutes starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. With only four slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.

We also have 'Museum Escape: The Polar Domes' at The Polar Museum on 11 November.

To make a booking enquiry, please email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

A Big Game Night

Friday 21 November, 6pm – 7.30pm,

Location: The Polar Museum

The Museum of Zoology and The Polar Museum bring you a night of entertainment with our very own game shows, Just a Minnow & Q-Ice. Watch as our contestants battle out for museum domination! Points will be given for knowledge, perseverance and of course for pure entertainment value.

Free, Booking required on The Polar Museum website, 18+

https://thebiggamenight.eventbrite.co.uk

Christmas at the Poles: From Paranoia to Plum Pudding

Monday 8 December, 6pm – 7.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

Xmas eve on Gjoa, 1903, taken from Roald Amundsen's book The North West Passage, vol.1

On historic polar expeditions the Christmas festival was universally anticipated as a time of relaxation, entertainment, and emotional connection with loved ones back home. On ships and in huts in Antarctica and the Arctic, crew and officers recognised the importance of a mid-winter festival in the maintenance of general health and morale. Just as at home, hair would be cut, beards shaved, and bodies, decks, and camps scrubbed and decorated in preparation for a ritualised time of feasting. In this talk Shane McCorristine looks back at accounts of Christmas celebrations, showing how the diaries of explorers are full of salacious details about the food and drink served on Christmas Day.

Free, Booking required, 16+

http://christmasatthepoles.eventbrite.co.uk

Summer at the Museums

Click here to find out about summer events at other Cambridge Museums.

Putting your stamp on The Polar Museum: A children's tour

red ship

Tuesday 29th July, 10am -11am & Tuesday 19th August, 10am - 11am

BOTH NOW FULLY BOOKED

Suitable for ages 7 - 13

Ever felt overwhelmed by all the exciting things in a museum and didn't know where to look first? Join us for a tour of The Polar Museum where we will tell you all about the Polar Regions, and everything from explorers to shamanism. This is the first time we have a tour especially for children.

The tour will end with a craft making session where you can make your own Polar stamp inspired by our Polar Post displays.

These are free events. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To book for either one, email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Going Postal: Storytelling and Activity Session

Wednesday 13th August, 10am -11am & Wednesday 27th August, 10am - 11am

BOTH NOW FULLY BOOKED

Suitable for ages 4 - 8

Stories of the Polar Regions and the different ways we communicate with the rest of the world, ending with a craft making session where you can make your own Polar stamp inspired by our Polar Post displays.

These are free events. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To book for either one, email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Other events

On the Axis of this World

Thursday, 7 August - Friday, 8 August 2014 / Kings Place, London: St Pancras Room

On-the-Axis-of-this-World (Cambridge-City-Opera)Cambridge City Opera, in association with the Scott Polar Research Institute, present

On the Axis of this World - an operatic meditation on the vast perspectives of Antarctica, inspired by the words of British explorers. Their haunting writings reach out to us through a through a shifting musical landscape born of weather systems and ice flow.

Music: Matt Rogers
Words: Verbatim, from the papers of the British Antarctic Expedition of 1911-13

Duration: 45 mins

Book Tickets: Online Price: £7.50* / £5 Early Bird Offer (until 18 June)

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Reinventing the Wheel: Family Activity Days

Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm
The Polar Museum

Join us at The Polar Museum and discover how and why bicycle wheels were used on ice in this temporary exhibition to celebrate the Tour de France.

During the weekend of Tour de France in Cambridge, the museum is opening especially on the Saturday and Sunday. Drop in activities will be running throughout on both days.

red ship

Delivery by Design: Stamps in Antarctica

A Lunchtime Talk

Wednesday 16 July 2014, 1.30pm - 2pm
The Polar Museum

How do you put your stamp on something? Commemorating decades of polar exploration and the extraordinary flora and fauna in the British Antarctic Territories of the Polar Regions, artists have captured these themes in the designs of Polar stamps. Bridget Cusack, the curator of our new exhibition 'Delivery by Design: Stamps in Antarctica' will talk through the exhibition on display.

Free, no booking required. Meet in the entrance to the museum under the domes.

science experiment

Museums at Night: Science Tasting Evening

Friday 16 May, 6pm - 8pm
The Polar Museum, 18+ Only

Cleanse your palette for an evening of science tasting at the polar museum. A night where you can find out about current polar science in stand up style, try out science experiments yourself and be entertained by our science buskers!

This is a free event. Book tickets here.

Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown: A sensory trail between St John's College Library & The Polar Museum

Throughout the Festival (11 – 23 March) during museum and library opening hours.
Please check opening hours for both on their websites.

Age: 5+

Approximately 45 mins

Young explorers needed to undertake mission of discovery! Historic explorers didn't have maps to help them find their way. They had to look out for landmark objects and use all their senses to map their surroundings. Forge your own trail through Cambridge discovering as you go. Collect your trail from either St John's College Library or the Polar Museum.

Throughout the Science Festival (11 - 23 March) during museum and library opening hours. Please check opening hours for both on their websites.

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Conservation Conversations

Saturday 15 March, 2pm - 4pm
The Fitzwilliam Museum

On Saturday 15th March there is a chance to have a really close encounter with some of our historic boots and quiz the experts about them. Come to the Courtyard in the Fitzwilliam Museum between 2pm and 4pm where we are holding a drop-in session, looking in detail at all kinds of Polar boots, including one belonging to Captain Scott. Meet the people who investigate how they were made and why some of them change over time, and discuss the decisions we take about conservation. Objects from other University museums will also be on show, including ancient and fake bronze sculptures and a Ronald Searle drawing.

This is a free event and is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. More details here.

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The Story of Science: Family Activity Day

Saturday 15 March 2014, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Once upon a time there was a scientist – well, really an explorer - and actually there were lots of them. They wanted to find out about the North and South Poles, how to get there, what ice was made of and what was at the bottom of the ocean. Join us for a day of science storytelling. Discover the stories throughout the Polar Museum and tell your own. With special guest storyteller, Marion Leeper.

For families. Drop in, no booking required.

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When Scientists Fly: The Arctic Science Experience

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 4pm - 5pm
The Polar Museum

Hands on activity event for ages 12 – 18

Have you ever wondered what a scientist does? What a researcher gets up to? For one day only, join our mission to map the Arctic atmosphere. Climb aboard and take control of our replica aircraft. Meet the experts, become a scientist and analyse data in the Arctic skies. Brought to you by the 'Methane in the Arctic: Measurements and Modelling (MAMM) project and the Polar Museum. Please book here.

Out of This World

Out of This World: The Arctic Science Experience

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 6pm - 7.30pm

Hands on activity event for ages 18+

With a glass of wine in hand, join our mission to map the Arctic atmosphere. Get the chance to take on the role of a polar scientist and analyse data on board our replica aircraft. Learn from the experts; members of the 'Methane in the Arctic: Measurements and Modelling (MAMM) project' will be with us to explain their roles and take us on our campaign through the Arctic skies. Brought to you by MAMM and the Polar Museum. Please book here.

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Sea Monsters to Sonar: Charting the Polar Oceans

A talk by Dr John Ash

Monday 14 April, 6pm - 7pm
The Polar Museum

Dr John Ash, an ex-submariner with experience in the Arctic and curator of this temporary exhibition, will trace the development and use of maps in the harsh Polar Oceans, looking at how maps are used as tools for survival and the journeys made for scientific discovery at the poles.

This is a free event. Book tickets here.

Polar Museum Domes

Explore the World: Mapping Day with St John's College Library & The Polar Museum

Tuesday 15 April, 10.30am - 2.30pm

Ages 7 - 11, £10 per child

Join us for Easter Holiday fun with a day of exploration and mapping at two Cambridge venues. Drop off at at St John's College Library and moving on to The Polar Museum.

To book a place email museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

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Phantom Islands

Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm - 10pm
The Polar Museum

Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Discover the explorers that imagined whole islands. An introductory talk on the science and history of phantom islands followed by a screening of the 1970s film 'The Island on the Top of the World' (90 min duration).

Age 16+

Please book online.

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Stories by Candlelight

Friday 7 February 2014, 7pm - 9pm

NOW FULLY BOOKED

18+ only

See a different side to the Polar Museum. Start with a mystery tour of the collection, and then settle down to an evening of stories under the dome: listen to Arctic myths and legends and tales of Polar adventure that will bring the collections to life.

Tickets £3.50. Reserve your ticket by emailing museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk .Payments to be made on the door.

Twilight

Twilight: Icily Done

Wednesday 19 February, 4.30pm - 8.30pm
The Polar Museum

Is there a chill in the air? The shimmer of reflected light? The sounds of ice cracking beneath your feet? Join us to discover the sights and sounds of ice at the Polar Museum. Don't forget to bring a torch.

Drop in evening for families. For information on other Twilight events click here.

Russian North

Forced Labour - A talk by Professor Anatoli Shirokov

Saturday 25 January 2014, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
The Polar Museum

Professor Anatoli Shirokov is Rector of North Eastern State University in Magadan, Russia. A GUlag Scholar as well as the First Vice-Head of the Magadan Regional Duma, Professor Shirokov will illuminate us on the history of the forced labour during the Stalinist period using the example of Dal'stroi, the largest industrial- forced labour complex in the USSR.

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The Last Ocean - Film Screening with Introduction

Tuesday 14 January 2014 6pm – 8pm
The Polar Museum

The Ross Sea Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. Scientists describe it as our last 'living laboratory', a place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems.

'The Last Ocean' tells the story of the race to protect Earth's last untouched ocean from our insatiable appetite for fish, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish the last ocean or do we protect it?

This is event is free. Book your place.

Magadan

Life in the Russian North: A Reception

Tuesday 21 January 2014, 6pm - 7.30pm
The Polar Museum

Join us for a reception to celebrate the new exhibition, 'Magadan: Life in the Russian North'. An introduction to the exhibition will be held 6.30pm – 7pm.

Free event. Book your place.

Antarctic Treaty Flags

Antarctica Day

Saturday 30 November 2013, 10.30am – 3.30pm
The Polar Museum

Help us celebrate Antarctica Day with a variety of hands-on drop-in activities available at The Polar Museum throughout the day.

Family activity day. No booking required.

Charles Hood

The Poetry of Antarctica

Wednesday 6 November 6pm – 7pm
The Polar Museum

Join us for poetry readings and discussion with Antarctic poet & naturalist, Charles Hood. Hood's poetry and writings celebrates and explores life at the extreme edge of our planet. Blending travel narrative, historical research, and surprises of magical realism, Hood presents life in Antarctica and the history of polar aviation as both a miracle of achievement yet also as a way to understand humanity need to push themselves to their limits.

At present Professor Hood is a Research Fellow at the Art and Environment Institute of the Nevada Art Museum, and also is a Professor of English at Antelope Valley College in the Mojave Desert.

This event is free. Book your place.

Compass

Where am I? Compasses, maps and other useful things

Saturday 26 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm, The Polar Museum

Do you know where the Arctic is? Find out about sundials and compasses! Drawing, making and hands-on activities throughout the day; brought to you by The Polar Museum and the Whipple Museum as part of the Festival of Ideas.

No booking required.

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Landscapes of Exploration: Artist in Conversation

Tuesday 29 October, 6pm – 7pm
The Polar Museum

Exhibiting artist Chris Drury will speak of his experiences, his collaborations with scientists and the artwork he produced whilst artist in residence in Antarctica. Well known for creating site-specific environmental art, Drury uses the landscape itself. Exploring a wide variety of themes, Drury produces art that is resonant with his experiences of places visited and journeys made.

Drury's piece Albatross is exhibited at The Polar Museum as part of the Landscapes of Exploration exhibition (3 October – 16 November).

This event is free. Book your place.

Compass

Mapping the Past: A Panel Discussion

Friday 1 November, 6pm - 7pm
The Polar Museum

Join us for a panel discussion on the history and art of maps and globes; brought to you by The Polar Museum and the Whipple Museum as part of the Festival of Ideas.

This event is free. Book your place.

Chris Drury Image

Landscapes of Exploration Exhibition Tour

Thursday 3 October, 10.30am – 11.30am
The Polar Museum

Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture at Plymouth University and curator of Landscapes of Exploration gives an informative tour of the exhibition at The Polar Museum with the option to continue on to the second venue for the exhibition at the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University.

This event is free. Book your place.

Lyle Dick

"How and Why New York's Elite's Made Robert Peary a National Icon": A talk by Lyle Dick

Wednesday 9 October, 6pm – 7pm
The Polar Museum

In his talk, Canadian historian, Lyle Dick will be discussing how the explorer Robert Peary, in the absence of evidence, managed to emerge as the victor in the Race to the North Pole in 1909-1910.

Lyle Dick is the author of many publications in Canadian, American and Arctic history, including the books Muskox Land (winner, Harold Adams Innis Prize, 2003) and Farmers "Making Good" (co-winner, Clio Prize, 1990). Between 2011-2013 he served as President of the Canadian Historical Association.

This event is free. Book your place.

Summer at the Museum

Science Old & New Workshop

Tuesday 20 August 2013 2pm - 3pm

Explore changing technology as used in polar science through the ages.

Suitable for 7 - 13 year olds

This is a free event. To book your place email the education team at museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

Sextant

Snow Queen Activity Day

Tuesday 27 August 2013 10.30am - 3.30pm

Arctic creativity... Join in with poetry inspired by the legend of the Snow Queen or have a go at some icy arts and crafts!

Suitable for families and children of all ages.

Free drop in activities available all day. Watch this space for additional bookable workshops.
Compass

Hidden Treasures

Friday 23 August 2013

Enjoy three different drop-in sessions on Friday 23 August as part of Hidden Treasures, a national initiative run by the Collections Trust and The Independent. There will be an introductory talk at the beginning of each session, with the opportunity to drop-in and ask questions during the rest of the session.

Curious about conservation?

Friday 23 August 2013 11am - 12pm

Find out how we protect, preserve and repair some of the objects in our collections. A rare opportunity to look at some Inuit clothing close up and out of the glass case.

Handling Inuit Artwork

Friday 23 August 2013 1pm - 2pm

A hands-on discovery session with a selection of carvings from the museum's Inuit Art collection, including smooth soapstone sculptures.

Discover Polar Science

Friday 23 August 2013 3pm - 4pm

Findings made in the Polar regions influence our everyday understanding of the world; discover the wonders of Polar science in this interactive workshop.

Beluga whales

Arctic Storytelling and Activity Session

Tuesday 6 August 2013 2pm - 3pm

Have a whale of a time whilst learning all about Beluga whales in the oceans of the Arctic.

Suitable for 4 - 8 year olds (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

This is a free event. To book your place email the education team at museumevents@spri.cam.ac.uk

A Talk by Paul Coldwell

Wednesday 5 June 2013 6pm - 7.15pm

paul coldwell

Re-Imagining Scott: Objects and Journeys is a new exhibition of work by artist Paul Coldwell, exploring Scott's final expedition and how it might be possible to re-imagine aspects of the tragic final journey through the objects left behind. Professor Coldwell will be discussing his work and the year he spent researching in the archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Paul Coldwell is a Professor of Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, based at Chelsea College of Art & Design.

This is a free event. Book tickets here.

Museums at Night: A Father for My Son

Kathleen and Robert Falcon Scott

6pm – 8.30pm Thursday 16th May 2013

Ever wanted to explore a museum after dark?

Join us at the Polar Museum, for one night only to explore the galleries with a glass of wine in tow!
And for your evening's entertainment, travel back in time with Kathleen Scott, wife of the legendary polar
explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott for a female perspective on love and life at the turn of the 20th century in a play written and performed by Jenny Coverack.

The play will commence at 6.30pm lasting 90 minutes with an interval.
Booking recommended - £9.50/ £7.50 concessions and Friends of SPRI. Book tickets here.

Cool Club

Tuesday 28th May 10am- midday

Surviving Antarctica

Cool Club logo

How do marine creatures survive in the icy seas of the Antarctic?
Discover more with Dr Simon Morley from the British Antarctic Survey.

Suitable for ages 7 - 12

Cost: £6 per child, booking is essential as places are limited

Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute

Please contact schools@spri.cam.ac.uk to book a place for your child

'Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science' A Film Screening for Earth Day

Monday 22 April 2013 6pm - 7.30pm

This event is now fully booked.

Thin IceTo celebrate Earth Day this year, the Polar Museum will be hosting a free screening of the new film 'Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science'.This event coincides with the global launch of this film with screenings around the world.

Thin Ice is a joint initiative between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions. Both Universities have active programmes with world-wide networks of collaborators in climate change and related research.

The aim of the film from the outset was to give people from all walks of the life the chance to see the astonishing range of human activity as well as scientific endeavour that is required to help us understand our changing climate.

This is a free event.

Frozen Worlds'Frozen Worlds': Family Activity Drop in Day

Saturday 13 April 10.30am - 3.30pm

Experience the extreme environments of the Polar Regions and vastness of Space at our activity day! There will be range of drop in activities including dressing up like an astronaut, doing our meteorite trail and art and drawing activities. You can also meet a British Antarctic Survey Scientist to find out what it is like to survive in extreme conditions!

This event is linked to our current temporary exhibition 'Frozen Worlds'.

This is a free event. No booking required.

Frozen Worlds'A Portal to Space' : Frozen Worlds, A Panel Discussion

Tuesday 12 March 6pm - 7.30pm

The Polar Regions offer unique opportunities to study Space, as a planetary analogue as well as for exploring human endurance in difficult and isolated conditions. The Polar Museum presents a panel discussion by leading experts on research currently being conducted in Antarctica.

This is a free event. To book, please go to the Cambridge Science Festival website.

Expedition to MarsExpedition to Mars

Saturday 16 March 7:30pm - 10.15pm

Prepare yourself for Space exploration at the Poles! During one evening you will 'train' for your space expedition at the Poles and go on to conquer space! Film screening of the 1950s classic space adventure 'Conquest of Space', hands on activities and an introductory talk.

This is a free event. To book, please go to the Cambridge Science Festival website.

Arctic Film WeekArctic Film Festival: Voices from the North

17 - 24 March 2013 at The Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

A series of film screenings and discussions co-presented by the Canadian High Commission and National Film Board of Canada in partnership with Arts Picturehouse and the Polar Museum.

The Arctic makes up over 40% of Canada's landmass and is home to some 100,000 Canadians, many of whom are Inuit and Métis. This series of films by and about the Inuit presents a unique account of life in the north and the challenges faced there today.

To book please visit the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse website.

Also in the film festival:

Arctic Film Festival: Launch & Drinks Reception

Monday 18, 6.30pm - 8pm at The Polar Museum (This event is free. Follow this link to book your ticket)

Join us at the Polar Museum for the official launch of the 'Arctic Film Festival: Voices from the North' with special guests including; Inuit musician and filmmaker Elisapie Isaac, Inuit rights advocate Aaju Peter and filmmakers Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs.

Inuit Life on Film: A Panel Discussion

Friday 22, 6pm - 7.30pm at The Polar Museum (This event is free. Follow this link to book your ticket)

As part of the Arctic Film Festival, the Polar Museum are hosting a panel discussion, presenting a series of personal viewpoints on Inuit life today. Panellists include Inuit filmmaker and musician Elisapie Isaac; Inuit rights advocate Aaju Peter; documentary filmmakers Julia Szucs and Stephen A. Smith; and Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada Tom Perlmutter.

Cambridge Celebrates International Women's Day

'Inuit women artists: voices from the far north' - A gallery talk

Friday 8 March 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Jessie Oonark - Two rooms inside the igluTo celebrate International Women's Day, SPRI's Keeper of Collections, Heather Lane, will introduce visitors to a number of key pieces of sculpture and print-making by Inuit women artists from the UK's largest public collection of art from northern Canada and Greenland, held at the Polar Museum, which was recently augmented with support from a Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures award.

This is a free event, but places are limited to 35. To book, please go to
http://inuitwomenartists.eventbrite.co.uk/


Part of WOMEN ON ART, WOMEN IN ART - a programme of in-gallery talks to explore the portrayal of women in antiquity, and how women have inspired, influenced and led artistic creativity.

Other events in this programme are taking place at the Fitzwilliam Museum (Imaging women in ancient Greece) and at the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Roman Arbury and Sylvia Plath).

Erebus at the Polar Museum

Thursday 28th February 6:30pm - 8:00pm

ErebusNOW FULLY BOOKED

Thresholds poet Jo Shapcott and producer Tim Dee present Erebus at The Polar Museum.
A rare opportunity to hear 'Erebus', a poetic drama for radio by Jo Shapcott about Sir John Franklin's search for the North-West Passage. The 1845 expedition led by Franklin was lost in the ice and never returned. The mysteries remain. In the intervening time rescue and, subsequently, archaeological expeditions have gone in search of clues as to what went wrong. Fragments of evidence have been found in the ice and latterly frozen bodies too. Why did the mission fail, did the sailors resort to eating their colleagues, what did the Inuit make of them? The play, a Radio 4 'Pick of the Week", was first broadcast in January 2012, produced by Tim Dee with an innovative soundscape by composer Jon Nicholls.

This is a free event. To be put on the waiting list, please email ra395@cam.ac.uk

Twilight

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Wednesday 13th February 4.30pm - 7.30pm

Suitable for all ages.

Drop-in activites. Have you ever wondered what happens in a museum after dark? Find out and explore in the eerie glow of the Northern Lights!

Thank you to everyone who took part and to all our volunteers - we had more than 500 visitors (with torches and glowsticks) in 3 hours!

Cool Club

Tuesday 12th February 10am- 11.30am

Furs, Fleece & Frostbite

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Discover the best ways to keep warm by taking part in some chilly experiments with our conservator

Suitable for ages 7 - 12

Cost: £6 per child, booking is essential as places are limited

Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute

Please contact schools@spri.cam.ac.uk to book a place for your child FULLY BOOKED

Franklin Search

The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships: A talk by marine archaeologist Ryan Harris

Wednesday 16 January 6.30pm – 8pm

FULLY BOOKED

Please email ra395@cam.ac.uk if you would like to be put on our events mailing list to find out about future events at the Polar Museum.

After battling ice, lead poisoning and Arctic weather conditions, the explorer Sir John Franklin and his entire crew of 129 perished on a search for Canada's Northwest Passage in 1845. Their ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were lost and haven't been found to this day. This tragic expedition captivated the Victorian public and became the stuff of legend.

Ryan Harris, an underwater archaeologist with the Canadian Government, has been involved in four campaigns to track down the Franklin vessels. This is a unique experience to hear from one of the investigators trying to piece together their story.

Manhauling on the BAE 1910-12 (P2005/5/1267)The Legacy of Captain Scott

A cultural programme to accompany the exhibition Robert Falcon Scott: A Century On

To commemorate the end of Scott's centenary year, the Polar Museum is hosting a series of four linked cultural events, alongside its latest special exhibition which explores the impact of Captain Scott's achievements - Antarctic science and exploration, a century of art and literature and the wider cultural legacy of his expeditions.

Tickets for each event are £5/ £3.50 (concessions). If you book for all four events, there is a discounted price of £18 / £12 (conc). All tickets include a glass of wine or juice. To book, please e-mail museum@spri.cam.ac.uk.

Cool Club

South Pole halo

Tuesday 30 October, 10am-12 noon

Ice in the Sky

Cool Club logoStrange things happen when there's ice in the sky. Come along and try out some mind bending light experiments at Cool Club

Suitable for ages 7 - 12

Cost: £6 per child, booking is essential as places are limited.
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute

Please contact schools@spri.cam.ac.uk to book a place for your child.

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Tuesday 24 October - Saturday 4 November
10:00AM - 4:00PM

Throughout the Festival, explore our trail of polar dreams and nightmares. Find untold secrets hidden in drawers and strange objects that have crept into the cases.

Drop in, no need to book


Wednesday 31 October
10:30am - 4:00pm

Ghostly chills and spooky thrills

Extraordinary drop-in activities and events for families include close encounters with dreaming explorers, ghostly presences, unearthly crackles, trails and creative activities based on the history of exploring, living and imagining the polar regions. Includes The Big Draw on Tour.

Follow the trail left by a dreaming explorer. Make your own terrifying polar nightmare monster. Add your own words to a polar poem and experience the total darkness of a polar winter.

Includes:

11am - 11.30am & 1.30pm - 2pm

Polar poetry session with poet Kaddy Benyon
Get inspired by Polar images and objects, play with words and build stories...

2pm - 4pm

The Big Draw on Tour

Drop in, no need to book


Bookable events

Please call 01223 336540 or email enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk to book the following events. Spaces are limited to 85, so please book early.

Wednesday 31 October
Polar dreams, ghosts and psychics
(Over 16s only)

SPRI Lecture Theatre
6:00PM - 7:30PM

In this illustrated talk, Shane McCorristine from SPRI introduces the paranormal and irrational aspects of polar exploration, including the intangible, the supernatural and the disembodied in relation to polar expeditions.

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Extreme sci-fi night
(Over 18s only)

SPRI Lecture Theatre
7:30PM - 10:30PM

Be prepared to be scared at a night of sci-fi thrills. At the Pole, no-one can hear you scream.

Join us for a screening of The Thing (1982), book readings and more.

Cambridge & London 2012: cool club

July/August 2012

Cool Club logo Iceberg dog sledge

Meet a polar researcher and try some fun science. Read more…

  • Tue 31 July, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Tue 7 August, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Tue 14 August, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Tue 21 August, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Tue 28 August, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

The beach at the Polar Museum

Ross Ice Shelf

Wed 22 August
10:30AM - 3:30PM

Sand between your toes and an ice lolly, discover more about our changing world. Cool club members and researchers present their findings using some unusual and entertaining means!

Read more …

Last Words

Manhauling by H.G. Ponting (P2005/5/1267)

An evening of poetry and songs inspired by Captain Scott's last expedition

27 March 2012

Kiran Millwood Hargrave will read from her new collection of poems, 'Last March', and guitarist and singer-songwriter Jake Wilson will perform songs from his forthcoming album, 'All's Well'.

7pm for 7:30 pm, SPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road

Tickets: £10 / £7.50 (concessions). Call 01223 336540 or e-mail events@spri.cam.ac.uk, or available at the door.

Download the poster

Concert tour details

Conquering the Antarctic

Ralph Vaughan Williams

February - March 2012

The Scott Centenary concert tour featuring the City of London Sinfonia -
a celebration in music, words and pictures, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Cecilia McDowall.

Robert Falcon Scott (SPRI P83/6/9/37)

Press release ...

Please continue to support this event and the joint education work of the CLS and the Polar Museum by making a donation.

This landmark concert tour retraces the steps of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in music, images and words. Excerpts from Vaughan Williams's film score Scott of the Antarctic are interwoven with moving readings from Scott's diary, along with the London premiere of Cecilia McDowall's new piece setting music to words by poet Seán Street, who uses Scott's own letters as his inspiration.

In partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute

Supported by Arts Council England, Colwinston Charitable Trust, the RVW Trust, the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, the Summerfield Charitable Trust, United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, the Richard Hickox Fund for New Music and the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Part of Music Nation and the London 2012 Festival

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Twilight at the Museum - photo by SirCam

Twilight at the Museum

15 February 2012

4.30-7.30pm Explore the Museum by torchlight (don't forget to bring your own torch!)
Arctic story tent outside.

Some photos from the event are now available.

Kathleen and Robert Falcon Scott

The love letters of Con and Kathleen Scott

14 February 2012 - Performance

The Polar Museum presents an evening of reading selected letters for Valentine's Day, presented by Angela Pleasence and Oliver Cotton.

7pm for 7:30 pm, SPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road
Tickets £8.50 / £7 (concessions). Call 01223 336540 or email events@spri.cam.ac.uk

Download the poster

Make a flag for Pole Day

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17 January 2012

Calling all children......

Could you help us to celebrate the day Captain Scott reached the south pole by making small flags for Pole Day?

Read more …

A Father for My Son

Kathleen and Robert Falcon Scott

6.30pm-8pm, 18th January 2012
SPRI Lecture Theatre

A play written and performed by Jenny Coverack

Travel back in time with Kathleen Scott, wife of the legendary polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, for a female perspective on love and life at the turn of the 20th century.

£7.50, £5 concessions and Friends of SPRI

Booking recommended enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk
01223 336540

Lecture by Dr Peter Donaldson: Sir Joseph Hooker and the Ross Antarctic Expedition

Sir Joseph Hooker (image courtesy of Science Photo Library)

7pm, Tuesday 6th December 2011
Venue: SPRI Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road

Sir Joseph Hooker, in many ways the forgotten man in the story of Evolution, was a great scientist, plant collector and explorer. He wrote the Floras of the Antarctic, New Zealand, India and Tasmania with a major introduction to the Flora of Australia. This talk will mainly focus on his participation as Assistant Surgeon and Botanist on board the Erebus, one of two ships on the Ross Antarctic Expedition.

The speaker, Dr Peter Donaldson, has for the past three years been making a major documentary on the life and travels of this great Victorian scientist. Filming has been completed in the Himalayas, the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands, Morocco, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. The talk will chart the gradual development of Hooker's ideas of Southern Hemisphere plants having evolved from an ancient Antarctic landmass. This was many years before the discovery of continental drift and Gondwanaland.

Peter will also show some of Hooker's original sketches and type specimens from the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Hooker' first sketch of Mount Everest which Peter located during his research in the archives at Kew.

Doors open at 18:30 for a chance to preview the Scott Centenary exhibition 'These Rough Notes'.

Full details of the lecture.

Fridtjof Nansen

Concert: 'A start on such a night is full of promise'

9 November 2011

The Polar Museum presents an evening of music and drama inspired by the first crossing of Greenland in 1888 by an expedition led by the famous Norwegian explorer, Fridtjof Nansen.

Music composed by Tom Adams
Performed by the Mountaineering Club Orchestra in association with Hills Road Sixth Form College and the Bawds Theatre Company

7:00 for 7:30 pm, SPRI Lecture Theatre
Tickets £5 / £3 (concessions). Call 01223 336540 or email events@spri.cam.ac.uk.

Download the poster.

Nansen sledge made by Snowsled for the 1990 Trans Antarctic journey led by Will Steger

Family Activity Day: Gone to the Dogs?

26 Oct 2011

A doggie day at the Polar Museum including meeting real dogs, talking to experts, talks, films, making activities and exploring how scientists and explorers lived and worked with dogs. 10.15-15.45 in the SPRI Lecture Theatre.

Free. Booking is essential (call 01223 336540 or email events@spri.cam.ac.uk). Please note that the meet the Dogs event is now fully booked. Do join us for a host of other activities.

Outreach event: 'Amundsen and Scott: Lives Explored'

29 Oct 2011

Amundsen Scott

A century after the great achievements of Amundsen and Scott, a group of international experts share the latest research and evolving ideas. The day includes a tour, talks and discussions and is an all day event in place of Michaelmas Term Lecture 2.

10.15-15.45 in the SPRI Lecture Theatre, lunch, tea and coffee provided.
Booking is essential (Call 01223 336540 or email events@spri.cam.ac.uk).
Cost £15 (£10 for Friends of SPRI). Programme details.

Access all Archives

Monday October 24, 18:30-20:00

The Polar Museum, Museum of Zoology, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Fitzwilliam Museum and Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Live performances and sound installations provide the background for a special late night opening of the museum galleries.

At the Polar Museum:
Experience the atmospheric, icy soundscapes of the polar regions interpreted in an exciting new piece of electronica by Joe Snape.

Ages 16+ Tickets £5.00. http://www.mus.cam.ac.uk/events/festival-of-ideas

'Cambridge Drawing Together'

12 October

Join Rowan's students (www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk) at the Polar Museum as they use the museum's collection on all aspects of life in the polar regions, explorations, history and modern polar science to inspire new art work. Drawing equipment, materials and tutors supplied. No experience required. Explore your creativity, challenge your expectations, enjoy a warm and friendly welcome.

Exploration! Peril! Penguins!: a world class polar library

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Friday 9 September 2011

Tours of the Scott Polar Research Institute Library for Open Cambridge

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cool Club activity

The Cool Club

July and August 2011

Hands on Polar Activities club for young explorers ages 7-11. Each week we meet a polar expert, find out
what they do, experiment and create cool stuff.

26 July Rivers of Ice
2 August Beyond the rainbow
9 August Surviving Antarctica
16 August Marvellous maps
23 August What makes us who we are?
Inuit dolls

Sewing Stories

23 July - 20 August

Weekly activities for adults and families linked to - 'Sewing Our Traditions: Dolls of the Canadian North'

Wed 27 July
Wed 10 Aug

10.30-12.00

Stitching and unpicking stories (for young people and adults) with Anne Taylor. Drop in and stitch or unpick, discovering why women in northern Canada stitch to survive and keep their traditions alive.

Sat 23 July
Wed 3 Aug
Wed 17 Aug

10.30-12.00 Storytelling & puppet making for families with Mary Jane Edgar. To complement our exhibition, storytelling in the gallery.
Some of the stories are; 'Sedna' goddess of the sea, Samik the polar bear, Arctic fox, the boy who became a caribou, Raven created the world

From 23 July - 20 Aug 2011

Daily
10.00-16.00
Stitching stories

Drop in
Look, think and make: Sewing Our Traditions: 'Dolls of the Canadian North'

Make things at the activity table in our exhibition inspired by the objects on display and their stories

Traditions and techniques of doll making in Arctic Canada

31 May and 1 June 2011

Join us for a series of workshops and lectures on the traditions and techniques of doll making in Arctic Canada. Artists Dolores Anderson (Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation), Lizzie Ittinuar (Inuit - Kivalliq region), Theresie Tungilik (Inuit - Kivalliq region) and Lillian Wright (Teetl'it Gwich'in First Nation) will show you how to create beautiful designs using trDoll - Lillian Wrightaditional sewing and beading techniques in the Polar Museum. Come and try it for yourself!

Tuesday 31 May 2011

11:00 – 12:30 Panel discussion with Canadian doll makers

13:30 – 14:30 Gallery demonstration

15:00 – 16:00 Gallery demonstration

Wednesday 1 June 2011

11:15 – 12:30 Gallery demonstration

13:00 Lecture by exhibition curator Jennifer Allen – Sewing our Traditions

15:00 – 16:00 Gallery demonstration

Exploration Station II

May Half Term: 30 May-3 June 2011

Dressing upFree family activities – just drop in

Explore frozen Antarctica and the hostile seas of the Arctic through hands-on activities and the collections of the Polar Museum

This is your chance to explore the polar regions. How will you get kitted out? What will you shelter in? What will you find when you get there? Come and find out at the Polar Museum.

Cost: Free

Cambridge Science Festival

19-25th March 2011

Event 1: 19 March 2011
Cooking in the Danger Zone: Polar food

Join Stefan Gates for a gastronomical adventure to the poles. Discover the culture and food of Arctic peoples.Stefan Gates

A talk suitable for all ages.

Stefan Gates is a food adventurer. He spends his life cooking, eating, talking and travelling to discover the world and its people. To find out more about his TV programmes and books visit his website.

Cost: Free

Time: 17:30-19:30
Booking required. Please arrive on time.
Contact number: 01223 336540
Email: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk


Event 1A: 22 March 2011 - additional event
'Ninety Degrees South'

Charles Swithinbank flying south

Three months ago Dr Charles Swithinbank visited the new Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He will speak on his latest trip, recent developments in Antarctic aviation, and share his reflections on how the South Pole has changed since he first went there, more than three decades ago.

SPRI Lecture Theatre

Cost: Free

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
No booking required.


Event 2: 22 March 2011
Are Truth and Fiction Polar Opposites? Science and writing

Nancy Campbell

Is there room for linguistic experiment in scientific writing? Join poet Nancy Campbell for an evening of language games inspired by the ground-breaking experiments of early climate scientists in the polar regions.

A workshop for adults.akunnagaa

Nancy Campbell's poetry publications include 'Boat Trip', 'Yan Tan Tethera' and 'After Light'. During winter 2010 she was writer in residence at Upernavik Museum, Greenland. This autumn she is completing a collection of poems and an artist's book 'How to say I love you in Greenlandic'. To read her blog visit: http://nancycampbelle.blogspot.com/

Cost: Free

Time: 17:30-19:30
Booking required. Please arrive on time.
Contact number: 01223 336540
Email: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk


Event 3: 23 March 2011
Ice and Climate Change: Science in the Polar Regions

Neil Arnold

Dr Neil Arnold speaks about some of the latest research from the Scott Polar Research Institute and the vital importance of the study of ice and climate science in the polar regions.

A talk for adults.

The Institute is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. We have several research groups investigating a range of issues in both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the Arctic and Antarctica. Neil Arnold is a University Lecturer in physical geography, with interests in environmental modelling, particularly the interactions between ice masses, climate and glacier hydrology.

Cost: Free

Time: 17:30-19:30
Booking required. Please arrive on time.
Contact number: 01223 336540
Email: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk


Event 4: 24 March 2011
The British Graham Land Expedition (BGLE, 1934-37)

Bryan Lintott

The Polar Museum's Bryan Lintott explains how the BGLE established the foundation of Britain's ongoing scientific endeavours in Antarctica. This event will include a talk, film and the opportunity to view and discuss the BGLE exhibition.

A talk and film for adults (16+)

The British Graham Land Expedition was undertaken by sixteen keen, predominantly young,explorers, scientists and military officers. Despite modest financial resources, treacherous sea-ice and difficult terrain, the BGLE was a great success, reasserting the United Kingdom's sovereignty in the British Antarctic Territory, solving a geographical mystery, and collecting significant scientific material and data.

Bryan Lintott is Exhibitions Officer at the Scott Polar Research Institute. A Winston Churchill Fellow (NZ), former historic site curator and museum director, he is now an expert member of the International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) of ICOMOS. Bryan is a member of the team that redeveloped the Polar Museum, and curator of the current exhibition on the British Graham Land Expedition.

Cost: Free

Time: 17:30-19:30
Booking required. Please arrive on time.
Contact number: 01223 336540
Email: enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk


Event 5: 25 March 2011
Scott Polar Research Institute Open Day

Fieldwork in Antarctica / Adrian McCallum

Come and see what our scientists and researchers are up to in Cambridge and in the field. Learn about some of the latest research from the Scott Polar Research Institute and see what it takes to conserve Polar Museum objects.

All ages. Drop in or book a school visit.

As well as posters and hands on activities throughout the day, visit at 11 a.m. or 2p.m. to see Dr John Ash's talk on Space and Antarctica, drop in at 3:30 p.m. for Dr Neil Arnold's Family friendly ice science demonstrations.

Cost: Free

Time: 10:00-16:00.
No booking required.

Love Your Museum

Try out the polar clothing for yourself

Saturday 30th April

Join us for a host of family friendly activities:

  • Join the penguin huddle – decorate your own penguin and add it to a polar landscape
  • Create your own unique snowflake and discover some fascinating snowflake facts
  • Expeditions often wrote their own newspapers - join in the fun by writing a polar adventure headline for our newsboard
  • Tell us why you love the Polar Museum – make a penguin tag
  • Exploration station – a chance to try on polar clothing

Take a closer look at the handling collection of Inuit art with Keeper, Heather Lane at 11 am, 12 noon and 2.30 pm.

Presented in association with
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Twilight at the Museums

23 February 2011

If you have ever wondered what happens in a museum after dark, find out on Wednesday 23rd February 2011 between 4:30 and 7.30pm, when you can enjoy a special evening of torchlight trails and family activities at a host of Cambridge's best museums.

Free

Arctic stories at the Polar Museum

SPRI Y: 2010/10/92 Woman watching fish by Agnes Nanogak (1925-2001)

15 and 16 December 2010

Storytelling at the Polar Museum

Come gather in a warm place to hear wintry tales from the Arctic. Storyteller Paul Jackson performs traditional Inuit tales in these evening sessions at the Polar Museum.
Venue: SPRI Lecture Theatre
Time: Two sessions each evening, beginning at 17:30 and 18:45

This is a free family event - just drop in (but please be aware that seating is limited).

24 and 26 September 2010

Bryan and the penguin

Alumni Weekend tours

Cambridge alumni are invited to join the curatorial staff for a tour of the new galleries at the Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Find out about the new displays, the work that went into them and the stories that had to be left out.

For Bookings visit:

www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/weekend

Open Cambridge tours

10 September 2010

A tour of the new galleries at the Polar Museum. Find out about how the displays were developed, the work behind the scenes and the stories that had to be left out.

Bookings see: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/opencambridge

Bridge the Gap charity walk

12 September 2010

The Polar Museum will be open from 10.00-16.00 and will be acting as a checkpoint for the Cambridge-wide charity walk.

Cambridge Drawing Together - with Rowan Humberstone Studios

Iceberg lookout

6 October 2010, 10.30–14.30

Young explorer

Come along to The Polar Museum, be inspired by the collections, join Rowan, artists and students in making some art and challenge your expectations. No experience required.

No need to book, just drop in.

For further information:
http://www.campaignfordrawing.org/bigdraw/search.aspx?RAB=4

Exploration Station

26–30 October 2010

Part of the Festival of Ideas, an all day free family event.

Plan your expedition to frozen Antarctica or the hostile seas of the Arctic. Get kitted out, make a spooky scare assessment and find out how far you might get.

No need to book, just drop in.

Free evening lecture: Paul Rose - The Logistics of Polar Exploration

Paul Rose

26 October 2010, 17.30–19.30

When you're facing some of the harshest conditions on Earth, planning ahead can be a matter of life and death. Part of a series of evening lectures.

Bookings: call 01223 336540.

Arctic Art - free family event

Wolf man by William Noah

Saturday July 24 2010

Admission free. Everyone welcome.

As part of the Cultural Olympiad's Open Weekend discover Inuit art - amazing sculptures and prints from Northern Canada.

Come hear the myths and legends that inspired this art and make a Polar Museum print of your own.

No need to book, just drop in.

Twilight at the Scott Polar Museum

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Wednesday February 18th 2009 16:30-19:00

Admission free. Everyone welcome.

Visit the Scott Polar Research Institute after sunset, and explore the depths of the Polar Night. Using starlight to find your way, follow the trail around the museum for the chance to win a polar prize.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Above the Poles Schools Event - in association with International Polar Year

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Thursday December 4th 2008

On December 4th, 2008, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-8 celebrated its seventh polar day, focusing on research "Above the Poles" - including topics such as weather, climate, the atmosphere above the poles and astronomy in polar regions.

The Scott Polar Research Institute and IPY worked together to host a special "Above the Poles" event, connecting pupils of all ages with polar experts around the world, including a live connection to Antarctica. At SPRI, pupils were at the heart of this event, meeting and talking to local polar scientists face to face, asking questions, and exploring polar equipment in the museum. SPRI was open to students of all ages from 9am to midday on December 4th, with the live global event and connection to Antarctica starting at 10am. More details about the IPY "Above the Poles" Day can be found at: http://www.ipy.org/index.php?/ipy/detail/abovethepoles/

The Big Draw - Drama in Antarctica

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Saturday October 25th 2008 10:00-16:00

Admission free. Everyone welcome.

Wilson sketch sledgingIt's the Antarctic winter, it's -40°c and your tent has just blown away... Discover adventure and danger on 'The Worst Journey in the World' - the expedition taken by Edward Wilson, Henry 'Birdie' Bowers and Apsley Cherry-Garrard to Cape Crozier in Antarctica to collect Emperor Penguin eggs during the winter of 1911.

Artists Chris and Vikky Furse will be on hand throughout the day, with ideas, techniques and inspriation. Help us draw the dram

a of 'The Worst Journey in the World' on a giant Freezing Frieze. Add to a colony of penguins, make a snowflake and build and Antarctic pyramid tent to create a snowy landscape in the museum.

No booking required, just turn up and join in the fun.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Polar Bear Family Fun Day

Polar bear and cubs

Saturday June 28th 2008. 10:00-16:00

Explore the Arctic world of the mighty Polar Bears. Build an Arctic food web, join in our Polar Bear portrait competition and discover the threats facing the animals that live at the top of the world.

At 11 o'clock, you are invited to hear of the encounters with Polar Bears of Dr Martina Tyrell, a researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Sit back and listen to tales of life in the Arctic, with an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

Admission free. No booking required. Everyone welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

(Photograph © Ruth Mugford / SPRI)

To the ends of the Earth - Cambridge Science Festival at the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum

Saturday March 15th 2008. 10:00-16:00

Journey to the ends of the Earth and explore the science of polar regions. With special hands-on displays and museum trails, plan your own expedition and see some of the equipment used by scientists in Antarctica. Make your own sun compass, and try on clothing worn in polar regions today. Films of past expeditions shown throughout the day give a taste of life in the coldest places on Earth.

Admission free. Everyone welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Twilight at the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum

Wednesday February 13th 2008. 16:30-19:00

With the lights down low, bring a torch to explore the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum after hours. Discover the history of polar exploration, and go on a quest to find the hidden polar bears and penguins in the museum for the chance to win a polar prize.

Admission Free. No booking required. Everyone welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Arctic Winter, Snowflakes and Polar Bears

Saturdays December 1st and 8th 2007. 10:00-16:00

Family fun and craft activities at the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum.

Explore the Arctic to discover the Northern Lights, learn about the mighty Polar Bears and find the compasses used by Polar Explorers in the past. Make your own Polar Christmas Cards, and discover life in the Arctic with museum displays, trails and storytelling throughout the day.

Admission Free. No booking required. Everyone welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

The Big Draw at the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum

October 6th and 27th, 2007

The Big Draw

These events are part of the programme of events for The Big Draw 2007 being run by the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections. See more details of other Big Draw events in museums around Cambridge.

Polar Huddle

Saturday October 27th, 2007, 11am-4pm

Admission Free, All Welcome

Add your penguin to the Polar Huddle! With an artist here all day, and the museum to inspire you, help us create a Polar landscape in the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum.

Polar pArtworks

Saturday October 6th, 2007, 11am-4pm

Admission Free, All Welcome

With drop in artist-led workshops running throughout the day, let your imagination roam the coldest places on Earth...

Design your own sledging flag, and discover how to get around on snow and ice.

Take part in 'pArtworks', creating weird and wonderful creatures by mixing up bits of different things in a huge game of consequences around the museums and collections of the University of Cambridge!

The Big Draw

Arctic Family Fun Day

Arctic Family Fun Day

Saturday 19th May 2007, 10am-4pm

  • Discover the history of the British exploration of the Arctic with our new exhibition and museum trail.
  • Explore the mystery of the Northern Lights.
  • Hear magical tales from the Arctic with readings of Inuit folk tales throughout the day.
  • Make a snowy owl or polar bear to take home with you.