The Polar Museum in Cambridge has confirmed that it has secured the photographic archive linked to Scott’s last expedition after a public appeal for funds by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
The museum, at Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research
Institute (SPRI), needed to raise £275,000 to buy the 113
photographic negatives, which were otherwise expected to go abroad.
The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has just made an award
of £233,450 to secure the negatives.
"This clears the final hurdle in the race to secure the funds in
time," said a spokesman. "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."
The negatives, an image from one of which is shown here, are a
record of Scott's earliest photographic attempts - under the
guidance of expedition photographer Herbert Ponting - through to
his unparalleled images of his team on the journey to the South
Dame Jenny Abramsky, who chairs the NHMF, said: "Captain Scott's
images provide us with an extraordinary insight into the rigours of
his epic but ultimately doomed expedition. As precious as the
corresponding original prints, these negatives record not only
day-to-day life in the Antarctic but also the development of
Scott's photographic skills."
Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of SPRI, said: "SPRI will
ensure that these negatives are cared for to the highest possible
standards and, once digitised, we will ensure that these resources
will be within reach of a worldwide audience."
Following a period of conservation and research, The Polar
Museum plans to mount a public exhibition of the images.
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