Expedition and Wilderness is proud to sponsor the International Scott Centenary Expedition ISCE.
The story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN (1868 -1912) is one of the greatest epic tales in human history. Through his life, which he dedicated to the scientific exploration of the Antarctic regions, and in his heroic death, he has inspired the lives of many. His work paved the way for the modern Antarctic as a continent for science and international co-operation.
Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition (1910 -1913) was not, however, in the business of creating heroes. The main objective, as expressed by Scott in his prospectus, was “To reach the South Pole and to secure for the British Empire the honour of this achievement”. The expedition had further objectives in scientific research and geographical exploration and intended to make “…bagging the Pole merely an item in the results”. To achieve this, Scott took with him the most extensive team of scientists to visit Antarctica during the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.
Their wide ranging achievements were overshadowed by what became the loss of the race to the South Pole to the Norwegian Roald Amundsen and the subsequent death of Captain Scott and the Polar Party. Nevertheless their efforts paved the way for the foundation of modern polar studies with the foundation of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge as a national memorial to Captain Scott and the Polar Party. This has ensured the continuation of their legacy of scientific exploration to this day.
With 2012 marking the centenary of the deaths of Captain Scott and the Polar Party, there is no better time to remember the achievements of the expedition, to raise the public’s awareness of the role that the expedition members played towards advancing polar research and to commemorate those who gave their lives – Captain Scott RN, Dr Wilson, Lieutenant Bowers RIM, Captain Oates and Petty Officer Evans RN.
The International Scott Centenary Expedition (ISCE)
There is no intention for the ISCE to be a re-enactment of Captain Scott’s original Terra Nova expedition, but to provide a fitting focus and commemoration of its achievements, and so generate maximum public interest and inspire an effective education and media programme.
Objectives. To undertake a national education programme and an international media outreach campaign, which will advance the education of the public in general about the environment and the role Captain Scott’s expedition played in advancing polar research.
To undertake an expedition to Antarctica in January 2012, involving people from multiple backgrounds and ages, to visit the last tent site of Scott and his Polar Party, and in doing so to provide a clear focus for the education programme and media outreach campaign, and thereby to inspire and educate the community at large and the leaders of tomorrow.
To promote and encourage, whether by raising funds or otherwise, the Scott Polar Research Institute and thereby advance its work in polar studies and environmental sciences, to the benefit of the public in general.
The Education Outreach Programme. Just as Captain Scott involved many schools in the work of his expedition to educate and inspire future generations, so will the ISCE. Centred in the heart of Captain Scott’s home town, the programme will be developed in partnership with Plymouth based Education Through Expeditions (ETE)
- Education through environment, science and history
- To raise levels of inspiration and aspiration
- Promotion of community and global citizenship
It is hoped that the results will be extensive and help improve student grades, especially in science, positively impacting employability.
The Expedition is the central focus for the ISCE education and media outreach programme. Just as Captain Scott involved as many people as possible in his expedition to represent as many interests as possible, so will the ISCE.
The Sledge Party
The Sledge Party will attend the memorial service by forming a tribute man-hauling party who will follow the route taken by the Search Party of 1912. The team will travel with full supplies from Scott’s original Base to where the tent of the Polar Party was found. On completion of the service they will return overland – a journey of 290 miles. The team will consist of:
- Established polar explorers and adventurers – Members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
- Youth Members – Novice Expeditioners
- ISCE Daily Telegraph Competition winner
- Media team
The Flight Party
To achieve maximum public interest and support, descendants, major sponsors and representatives from organisations with links to the original expedition will be flown into Antarctica. Here they will join the Sledge Party for the memorial service, reminding us that real human lives form the heart of these epic stories. Participants may include:
- Descendants of the five Polar families – Expedition Patrons
- Major sponsors – Representatives of Polar Organisations
- Senior Representatives of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
Supporting the Work of the Scott Polar Research Institute
As Captain Scott lay dying on the Ross Ice Shelf on 29 March 1912, he finished his powerful diary entry with the words: “For God’s Sake look after our people”.
His courage inspired so many, that a major appeal was launched to do just that. The proceeds of the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal were used to provide for the dependants of Captain Scott and his companions.
However, enough money was raised also to continue Scott’s work both through the publication of the expedition’s scientific reports, and with the foundation of a multi-disciplinary Institute of Polar Studies. Today, the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) remains a leading international centre for the pursuit of scientific excellence in both Polar Regions.
As part of the University of Cambridge, it is the oldest centre for polar research within a University. It is unique for its inclusive, bi-polar and circum-polar vision, including the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Current research groups are focusing on polar climate change and related issues. SPRI also contains the world’s premier Polar Library and a globally important Archive, Museum and Picture Library.
100 years on, however, SPRI needs an endowment to better meet the challenges of 21st century polar studies. Support for SPRI, is therefore a key part of the Scott centenary aims and those of the International Scott Centenary Expedition, 2012.
For more information on the visit Scott Polar Research Institute https://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/