John Philip Rolleston collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of plans drawn during the British Naval Expedition, 1886-1887.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Philip Rolleston was born in 1859. He served in HMS Royalist on the British Naval Voyage, 1886-1887 (leader George Hand), making a sketch survey of Gough Island. In 1895, he served as lieutenant in HMS Active on the British Royal Naval Training Squadron Expedition (leader George L Atkinson), visiting Spitsbergen to conduct surveys, take photographs and examine the glaciers in the area. Rolleston returned to the Antarctic in 1901, leading the British Naval Voyage in HMS Archer, in which he visited the Auckland Islands and collected bird specimens for the Natural History department of the British Museum. He served in the First World War, receiving the DSO in 1918. He retired from the Royal Navy as admiral in 1924 and died on 12 December 1936.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

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 Who was who 1929-1940 volume 3 Adam & Charles Black, London (1947) and Arctic exploration and development c.500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Anthony Holland, Garland Publishing Inc. New York (1994) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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.