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The Scott Polar Research Institute

The Scott Polar Research Institute was founded in 1920, in Cambridge, as a memorial to Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN, and his four companions, who died returning from the South Pole in 1912. When Scott’s last words, “For God’s sake look after our people” were made known to the British nation, the response was tremendous. Scott himself had emphasised the importance of science and from this plea, the Institute was born.
The Institute is the oldest international centre for Polar Research within a university. During the early years when it occupied one room in the Sedgwick Museum of Geology in Cambridge, the Institute’s aim was to provide a place where polar travellers and explorers could meet, and where material of polar interest might be collected and made accessible for future research.

The Museum holds a collection of artefacts, paintings, drawings, photographs (including cinematographic film, lantern slides, and Daguerreotypes), and other material. A proportion of this is exhibited in a private museum on the ground floor which is freely open to persons with an interest in polar regions. A note on admission and group bookings is available from the Curator. As well as the permanent exhibits, the Museum arranges Special Exhibitions regularly and occasionally displays other items of particular interest. Some display cabinets have books, postcards, posters, and other items which may be purchased from The Museum Shop.

The Scott Polar Research Institute Address:              
Scott Polar Research Institute
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
England, UK

The Scott Polar Research Institute Opening Times:    
Museum and Shop
11.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pmto 4.00 pm from Tuesday to Friday.
12.00 to 4.00 pm on Saturdays

The Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays, Bank Holiday weekends and over Christmas.

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