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Background imageEditor's Picks: Portrait of George Murray Levick beside a sledge and hut

Portrait of George Murray Levick beside a sledge and hut
Attributed to the Frank Debenham collection. Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Leader: Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Date: 1912. George Murray Levick, standing by a sledge next to a hut

Background imageEditor's Picks: Hussey with Samson and another dog

Hussey with Samson and another dog
Photographer: Hurley, James Francis (Frank) (1885-1962). Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton

Background imageEditor's Picks: Endeavouring to cut the ship out of the ice, February, 1915

Endeavouring to cut the ship out of the ice, February, 1915
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17

Background imageEditor's Picks: Dr Edward Wilson working on a sketch

Dr Edward Wilson working on a sketch
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Tom Crean, November 1911

Tom Crean, November 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date:1911 Portrait of Tom Crean

Background imageEditor's Picks: Adams. Return of Southern Party after 126 days journey

Adams. Return of Southern Party after 126 days journey
British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Jameson Adams on board ship (Nimrod) with dog.

Background imageEditor's Picks: Soccer on the floe whilst waiting for the ice to break up. December 20th. Lat 62. 42 17. 58 W

Soccer on the floe whilst waiting for the ice to break up. December 20th. Lat 62. 42 17. 58 W
Photograher: Frank Hurley. Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. The ship Endurance beset in the ice. A group of men are playing soccer on the ice

Background imageEditor's Picks: Edgar Evans and Tom Crean mending sleeping bags. May 16th 1911

Edgar Evans and Tom Crean mending sleeping bags. May 16th 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Apsley Cherry-Garrard on his return from the Barrier. January 29th 1912

Apsley Cherry-Garrard on his return from the Barrier. January 29th 1912
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Mount Erebus crater

Mount Erebus crater
British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Mount Erebus, the active volcano on Ross Island

Background imageEditor's Picks: HMS Terror. Arctic Expedition 1836-37

HMS Terror. Arctic Expedition 1836-37
HMS Terror, nine months in the Ice of Frozen-Strait, under the command of Captain, now Rear Admiral Sir George Back, April, 1836-37. Photograph from a painting by E.W.Cooke. Arctic Expedition 1836-37

Background imageEditor's Picks: Scotia in Stanley Harbour 18th January 1903

Scotia in Stanley Harbour 18th January 1903
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04. Leader: William Speirs Bruce. Sail and steam powered ship Scotia lies anchored near a shore populated with houses and buildings

Background imageEditor's Picks: Cecil Meares and Capt Oates at the blubber stove cooking food for the dogs

Cecil Meares and Capt Oates at the blubber stove cooking food for the dogs
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Looking N.W. Castle Rock below Mount Erebus, 3 August 1903, 2pm

Looking N.W. Castle Rock below Mount Erebus, 3 August 1903, 2pm
Medium: watercolour. Artist: E.A.Wilson (1872-1912). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Photographer: Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Leader: Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Portrait of Cherry-Garrard in full sledging outfit

Background imageEditor's Picks: Piper Gilbert Kerr and Emperor penguin off Coats Land, 1904

Piper Gilbert Kerr and Emperor penguin off Coats Land, 1904
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04. Leader: William Speirs Bruce

Background imageEditor's Picks: Hut Point, McMurdo Sound, 7 April 1911

Hut Point, McMurdo Sound, 7 April 1911
Medium: watercolour. Artist: E.A.Wilson (1872-1912). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Portrait of Frank Wild

Portrait of Frank Wild
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17(Endurance)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Entering the pack ice, December 9, 1914

Entering the pack ice, December 9, 1914
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17

Background imageEditor's Picks: Mount Erebus, 2 April 1911. 6pm

Mount Erebus, 2 April 1911. 6pm
Medium: watercolour. Artist: E.A.Wilson (1872-1912). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Group photograph of shore party

Group photograph of shore party
British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Group photograph of shore party on the ice. Standing left to right: Joyce, Day, Wild, Adams, Brocklehurst, Shackleton, Marshall

Background imageEditor's Picks: Thomas Clissold the cook in the kitchen

Thomas Clissold the cook in the kitchen
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Supper on the march

Supper on the march
Photographer: Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Leader: Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Evans, Bowers, Wilson and Scott sit in a tent round a stove

Background imageEditor's Picks: Paraselena 15 January 1911. 9.30pm Cape Evans McMurdo Sound

Paraselena 15 January 1911. 9.30pm Cape Evans McMurdo Sound
Medium: watercolour. Artist: E.A.Wilson (1872-1912). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). Paraselene

Background imageEditor's Picks: Capt Colbeck and Dr Davidson visiting the Terra Nova

Capt Colbeck and Dr Davidson visiting the Terra Nova
Photographer: Morrison, John Donald. Expedition: Antarctic Relief Expeditions 1902-04 Date: 1904 Location: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Capt Colbeck and Dr Davidson

Background imageEditor's Picks: Saved!

Saved!
Photographer: Frank Hurley. Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Group of men on the shore wave at a small rowing boat out to sea in the distance

Background imageEditor's Picks: Three men in a pyramid tent

Three men in a pyramid tent
Medium: watercolour, chalk and pencil. Artist: E.A.Wilson (1872-1912). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery)

Background imageEditor's Picks: The cinematographer (Hurley) at work

The cinematographer (Hurley) at work
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17 (Endurance)

Background imageEditor's Picks: The Skipper. Frank Worsley

The Skipper. Frank Worsley
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17(Endurance)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Endurance caught in a pressure crack, October, 1915

Endurance caught in a pressure crack, October, 1915
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17

Background imageEditor's Picks: Scotia in the ice

Scotia in the ice
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition 1902-04. Leader: William Speirs Bruce. Sail and steam powered ship Scotia lies beset in the ice

Background imageEditor's Picks: Portrait of James Fitzjames

Portrait of James Fitzjames
Photographer: Richard Beard. Expedition: British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition, 1845-48. Location: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Background imageEditor's Picks: Under the Ice of the Castle Berg. September 17th 1911

Under the Ice of the Castle Berg. September 17th 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date:1911 Under the Ice of the Castle Berg

Background imageEditor's Picks: Men and dogs on the ice, Endurance in the background

Men and dogs on the ice, Endurance in the background
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17 (Endurance)

Background imageEditor's Picks: A pair of Adelie penguins. January 1911

A pair of Adelie penguins. January 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date:1911 A pair of Adelie penguins

Background imageEditor's Picks: Endurance battling with high blocks of pressure ice

Endurance battling with high blocks of pressure ice
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17

Background imageEditor's Picks: Huge Ice bastion of the Castle Berg. September 17th 1911

Huge Ice bastion of the Castle Berg. September 17th 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Petty Officers Evans and Crean mending sleeping bags

Petty Officers Evans and Crean mending sleeping bags
Photographer: Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935). Expedition: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Leader: Captain Robert Falcon Scott. In the interior of the hut, at Cape Evans

Background imageEditor's Picks: Capt. Oates and some of the ponies. On the deck of the Terra Nova

Capt. Oates and some of the ponies. On the deck of the Terra Nova
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date:1910 Capt

Background imageEditor's Picks: Inuit sledges and dogs

Inuit sledges and dogs
Expedition: British Arctic Expedition 1875-76. Leader: George Strong Nares (1831-1915). Original format: Lantern slide. Sledges and dogs stand on the ice

Background imageEditor's Picks: Capt Scott writing his journal in the Winterquarters Hut. October 7th 1911

Capt Scott writing his journal in the Winterquarters Hut. October 7th 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date

Background imageEditor's Picks: Sledges ready to start

Sledges ready to start
Expedition: British Arctic Expedition 1875-76. Leader: George Strong Nares (1831-1915). Original format: Lantern slide. The North Greenland sledge party

Background imageEditor's Picks: Endurance in a pressure, a week before she was finally crushed

Endurance in a pressure, a week before she was finally crushed
Photographer:Hurley, Frank (1885-1962) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17

Background imageEditor's Picks: Edgar Evans and Tom Crean. April 13th 1911

Edgar Evans and Tom Crean. April 13th 1911
Photographer:Ponting, Herbert (1870-1935) Location:Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge Expedition:British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 Date:1911 Edgar Evans and Tom Crean

Background imageEditor's Picks: Nimrod held up in the ice

Nimrod held up in the ice
British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. View over ice looking towards the bows of the sailing ship Nimrod with foresail and upper top set moving into heavy pack ice

Background imageEditor's Picks: Discovery from Starboard quarter

Discovery from Starboard quarter
Photographer: Reginald William Skelton (1872-1956). Expedition: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery)

Background imageEditor's Picks: Portrait of Edward Bingham

Portrait of Edward Bingham
Photographer: Cozens, Henry Iliffe (1904-1995). Expedition: British Arctic Air Route Expedition 1930-31. Leader: Henry George (Gino) Watkins

Background imageEditor's Picks: The sinking of the Eira, August 21 1881

The sinking of the Eira, August 21 1881
Engraving by W.L.Wyllie for the London newspapers, featuring Benjamin Leigh Smith's fifth Arctic voyage 1881-82. Based on an original sketch by Benjamin Leigh Smith.



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