The British National Antarctic Expedition

The British National Antarctic Expedition

Through the illustrious example of the first British National Antarctic Expedition, this collection demonstrates how scientific observations were gathered in Antarctica between 1901 and 1904 by Captain Scott and his crew, brought back to England, analysed and circulated in a variety of scientific publications.

Mandated by the Royal Society and the Royal Geographical Society, the Discovery Expedition, headed by Captain Robert Falcon Scott, sought to make a series of observations on the geology, the atmospheric conditions, the magnetic field, the flora and fauna of the Antarctic region.

The call for an expedition was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society in 1897, and the expedition was jointly financed and organised by the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society. Through the photographic albums of the expedition, Captain Scott’s reports and accounts, his correspondence with Sir Archibald Geikie and many others, discover the difficulties encountered by Scott’s crew to gather invaluable scientific data