Scott, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

Scope and Content

  • MS 1319/4/1-3;D Acknowledgements (3) of receipt of subscriptions to the expedition, addressed to P G Lewis, Master Hugh Lewis and the Bute Supply Company, 1909 to 1910, 5 leaves, typescript (duplicated)
  • MS 1453/29;D Miscellaneous notes and plans for Antarctic exploration made before and during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, 24 leaves, 1 notebook, holograph
  • MS 1453/30;D Miscellaneous stores lists [Compiled by Scott and Henry Bowers] 56 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 761/8/9;D Appointment of Joseph James Kinsey as his attorney and agent in New Zealand, 25 November 1910, 2 leaves
  • (7)01(08)[1910-1913] Diaries (18), October 1910 to March 1912 [18 manuscript diaries which in this facsimile edition are bound into 6 volumes]
  • MS 683/1/1-2;MJ Journals, sledging journals and notebooks kept during the expedition, from 18 October 1910 to March 1912 [15 volumes] microfilm, 2 reels
  • MS 1453/27;D Journal extracts, 1910-1911 [Sent back to family during the expedition's absence] holograph and typescript
  • MS 1453/7;BJ Note-book on Sledging Arrangements, 1911, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1453/26;D Document conferring power of attorney on Kathleen Scott during his absence, 9 January 1911
  • MS 1453/28;D Lectures (2) presented during the expedition, 1911 [Paper on Ice Barrier and inland ice, 7 June 1911, Southern Journey, 1911-1912] 35 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 1541/1;BJ (Scott) Bible [Purported to have been taken to the South Pole by Scott]
  • MS 1488/1-2;BJ Scott's last expedition (London 1913) [Kathleen Scott's copy] 2 volumes
  • MS 729;D Journal, undated [Typescript copy prepared and edited with an introduction by Frank Debenham for publication by Reader's Digest in 1966] 286 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1453/31;Boxed Expressions of sympathy, memorials, testimonials, poems and other tributes to Scott received by his family after his death, mainly 1913, 1 box
  • MS 1464/23;Boxed Letters of condolence (350) received by Sir William and Lady Ellison Macartney and Hannah Scott, 1913
  • MS 1464/32;BPC Album, 1913 to 1914 [Regarding the British Antarctic Expedition]

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 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.

The collection includes diaries, notes, journals, lists and other ephemera including material relating to the news of the death of the pole party.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Alternative Form Available

MS 683/1/1-2;MJ is a copy.

Related Material

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition, see GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.

Location of Originals

MS 683/1/1-2;MJ Originals in the British Museum (1982)

Geographical Names