- MS 870;BJ Diary, 1 June 1910 to 30 December 1911 [Including 20 photographs, 2 pen and ink sketches, a menu and various other material are inserted] 1 volume, 120 leaves (circa 113 of text) holograph
Browning, British Antarctic Expedition
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- Dates of Creation1910-1913
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- Physical DescriptionDiarySome papers are almost illegible due to staining.
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The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) spent two winters at Cape Evans on Ross Island. Extensive scientific investigations and exploration was conducted along the coast of Victoria Land and on the Ross Ice Shelf. A party led by Griffith Taylor spent three months exploring the western mountains and this work was continued after the departure of the polar party in 1911.
A northern party led by Victor Campbell and comprising of Raymond Priestley (geologist and meteorologist), George Levick (surgeon, zoologist, photographer), George Abbot, and Browning (both petty officers) and Harry Dickason (seaman) established a base at Cape Adare from where they conducted scientific programmes. After moving camp the party were forced to spend the winter of 1912 in ice caves before walking back to the Cape Evans camp.
The first cin documentary film of an Antarctic expedition, 90° South was made during the expedition. After successfully reaching the South Pole on 17 January 1912 Scott and his companions (Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson) perished during the return journey.