Scott and the 'Terra Nova' Expedition 1910-13

Scott and the 'Terra Nova' Expedition 1910-13

Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) set sail for Antarctica on Terra Nova in 1910, determined to be the first to reach the South Pole. His team included Herbert Ponting (1870-1935), the first official photographer to participate in a polar expedition. Ponting was already a successful travel photographer when he was introduced to Scott in 1909.

As the ship sailed south from New Zealand, Ponting began work immediately, recording the first icebergs encountered in December 1910 and scenes on board. He photographed as much as possible during his time in Antarctica, producing around 2,000 glass plate negatives between December 1910 and March 1912. A selection of his spectacular pictures of the landscape, the expedition crew, and wildlife including seals, gulls and penguins, is included in the exhibition.

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Self-portrait with cinematographic camera
Cirrus clouds over the Barne Glacier
Captain Scott, R.N. CVO
The hut at Cape Evans
The <em>Terra Nova</em> in McMurdo Sound
Furrows of Frozen Spray
Tabular iceberg off Cape Royds
The Castle Berg with dog sledge
Vida
Osman, 'our best sledge dog'
Captain Oates and Siberian ponies on board <em>Terra Nova</em>
Petty Officer Evans and Snatcher the pony
The Shore Party
Dr Edward Wilson
Lieutenant Bowers
Petty Officer Edgar Evans
Captain Oates
The <em>Terra Nova</em> icebound in the pack
The ramparts of Mount Erebus
The <em>Terra Nova</em> in a gale
Grotto in an iceberg
A weathered iceberg
The <em>Terra Nova</em> at the ice foot, Cape Evans
Midnight in the Antarctic summer
Weddell seal about to dive, Cape Evans
Weddell seal on the beach at Cape Evans
The Glad Eye
The Stony Stare
Dr Atkinson and Clissold hauling up the fish trap, -40°C
The winter journey to Cape Crozier
The freezing of the sea
End of the Barne Glacier
Captain Scott writing his diary
Captain Scott's last birthday dinner
The Polar Party and their sledge
Forestalled. Amundsen's tent at the South Pole
At the South Pole
The camp at the South Pole
The grave on the Great Ice Barrier
Farthest South
King Edward VII's Land
<em>The</em> <em>South Polar Times</em>, vol. I, April-August 1902
<em>The</em> <em>South Polar Times</em>, vol. II, April-August 1903
<em>The Voyage of the 'Discovery',</em> vol. II
<em>Album of photographs and sketches</em>
<em>Scott’s Last Expedition: being the journals of Captain R.F. Scott</em>
<em>The Great White South</em>, 3rd edn
<em>The South Polar Times</em>, vol. III, April-August 1911
Union Jack taken by Scott to the South Pole
Miniature White Ensign flown on Scott's sledge on the southern journey
Within 13 miles of the South Pole, Amundsen’s Flag
The South Pole, with Amundsen's flag
Polar Medal 1904, Edward VII
Polar Medal 1904, George V
Bust of King George V