Ann Savours collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material gathered by Ann Savours, held at other institutions in the southern hemisphere regarding polar expeditions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ann Margaret Savours, the polar historian, was educated at London University and the Sorbonne, spending a year as honorary research fellow in the School of Pacific Studies of the Australian National University in Canberra. From 1954 to 1966 she worked for the Scott Polar Research Institute, and from 1970 to 1987 for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, where she was in charge of the Arctic Gallery and closely involved with the shipboard Discovery exhibition in Dundee. She has participated in expeditions to Spitsbergen and Macquarie Island. She is a long standing Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a council member of the Hakluyt Society and is a former Honorary Secretary of the Society for Nautical Research.

Published work The voyages of the Discovery, the illustrated history of Scott's ship by Ann Margaret Savours, Chatham Publishing, London (2001) SPRI Library Shelf 629.12[Discovery] and Scott's last voyage; through the Antarctic camera of Herbert Ponting edited by Ann Margaret Savours, Sidgwick & Jackson, London (1974) SPRI Library Shelf (7)91(08)[1910-1913 Scott] The search for the Northwest Passage by Ann Margaret Savours, Chatham Publishing, London (1999) SPRI Library Shelf (48). She is also the author of numerous articles.


The collection is arranged in the order in which it was deposited with the Institute.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to The voyages of the Discovery, the illustrated history of Scott's ship by Ann Savours, Chatham Publishing London (2001) SPRI Library Shelf 629.12[Discovery] and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

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Further accessions possible.

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