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A Century of Polar Research

Due to covid our visiting hours are limited, book your free in-person ticket to visit the museum or view exhibition highlights online.

On the side of an Antarctic volcano Frank Debenham realised that British polar explorers needed a headquarters – somewhere to share their findings and learn from each other.

The idea for the Scott Polar Research Institute was born, and in 1920 it was officially founded as part of the University of Cambridge. Find out about the Institute's origin as a memorial to Captain Scott and his men, and the pioneering research carried out at the Institute over the last 100 years.

Special display

Protective Harbour - print by Pudlo Pudlat

Silent Messages: Stamps and Sovereignty

Opens 13th August 2019

Our Silent Messages special display is based upon the work of one of our Associates of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Corine Wood-Donnelly. Her research for this project focuses on how postage stamps, with their colourful symbols and imagery, can broadcast messages about how the governments of the Arctic states of Canada, Russia and the United States attempted to establish authority, exercise power and make claims to sovereignty over the Arctic territory.

If you're interested in reading more about stamps and sovereignty, Corine has also published a book where she covers the subject in greater depth: Wood-Donnelly, Corine. (2018) Performing Arctic Sovereignty: Policy & Visual Narratives.

Drop in for free, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm.