- MS 776;D Text of his commentary of the film 90° South [Preceded by a printed speech by Edward RGR Evans] 44 leaves, typescript
Ponting, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
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- ReferenceGB 15 Herbert Ponting/British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913
- Dates of Creation1871-1935
- Name of Creator
- Physical Description44 loose leaves
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Administrative / Biographical History
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 established a base at Cape Adare from whence 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.
Ponting made 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.
Ponting served as camera artist during part of the expedition. The papers comprise off material relating to Ponting's film of the expedition.