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Discover the Poles: Hats and Mittens Optional
The Scott Polar Research Institute is a centre for research and home of the Polar Museum. Founded in 1920, the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) is dedicated to studying the social sciences, environmental sciences, and humanities of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
The institute gets its name from Captain Robert Falcon Scott, a famous Antarctic explorer who perished on the return journey of an ill-fated expedition. The museum still contains some of the last letters ever written by Captain Scott.
The Polar Museum showcases many artifacts from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration in the late 19th century, including paintings, documents, sketches, and photographs. The historic photos of Herbert Ponting in the Antarctic and the exploration diaries of Sir Ernest Shackleton are just a couple of the extraordinary pieces the Polar Museum has on display.
In addition to the museum, the SPRI is home to the most comprehensive polar library in the world. The general public is welcome to stop by and browse through the library’s fascinating scientific journals and manuscript collections. Visual learners may be inclined to check out the Scott Polar Institute’s Polar picture library, where visitors can enjoy rare photographs from the expeditions led by Shackleton and Scott.