Captain Scott’s 'lost' photographic negatives saved for the nation


The Scott Polar Research Institute’s urgent appeal to save historic Antarctic negatives taken by Captain Scott in 1911 has been successful.

Scott’s negatives can now take their rightful place in Cambridge alongside the camera on which they were taken
— Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, is proud to announce that it has successfully raised the £275,000 needed to be able to purchase the 113 photographic negatives, thanks to public support. The negatives represent an extraordinary visual record of Scott’s last expedition, but were in danger of being sold abroad.

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has just awarded the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) a grant of £233,450 to secure the negatives. This clears the final hurdle in the race to secure the funds in time.  The museum has already received generous support from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and other private donors. In addition, a significant amount was raised through a public appeal campaign, spearheaded by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

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Image: Camp under the Wild Mountains, Beardmore Glacier, 20 December 1911 (“View of snow covered mountain range, with camp scene in foreground. Three pyramid tents and men sitting on sledge.”)
Credit: SPRI P2012/5/109

Reproduced courtesy of the University of Cambridge


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