Wilson, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1225/1-3;D Lecture notes, [1910-1913] [Prepared during the expedition on the following subjects, penguins, Antarctic birds and sketching] 77 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 715/2;BJ Journal, 1 June 1910 to 27 February 1912 [Including extracts from his letters and those of his wife] typed bound copy
  • MS 234/1;BJ Journal, 12 July to 16 August 1910, 1 volume
  • MS 900/1/3;BJ Journals (3), July 1910 to January 1911 [Kept in 3 sketchbooks, alternate pages have been removed (carbon copies)] holograph
  • MS 234/4;BJ Ornithological log, 15 June to 14 August 1910 and 29 November 1910 to 6 January 1911 [During voyage of Terra Nova from Cardiff to McMurdo Sound] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 234/2;BJ 'Observations on birds at sea made from Corinthic', 11 to 29 September 1910 [Cape Town to Tasmania] 1 volume
  • MS 234/3;BJ Journal, 24 January to 31 October 1911, 1 volume, holograph (carbon)
  • MS 505/1;BJ Report, 27 June to 1 August 1911 [Winter sledge journey from Cape Evans to Cape Crozier] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 246;MSM Sketch map, June to August 1911 [Winter sledge journey from Cape Evans to Cape Crozier]
  • MS 1043;BJ & MJ Journal, 1 November 1911 to 27 February 1912 [The sledge journey to the South Pole] 307 leaves, Xerox copy and microfilm
  • MS 683/2;MJ Additional copy of MS 1043;BJ&MJ
  • MS 797/1-2;BJ Sketch books (2) [Taken to the South Pole, including mountain range to west side of Ross Barrier from Cape Evans to Beardsmore Glacier, members of the party, Amundsen' tent] 2 volumes

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. Wilson led a winter sledge party to the emperor penguin colony at Cape Crozier where he Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Henry Robertson Bowers collected specimens. A second group 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. 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 four companions (Henry Robertson Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Edward Grace Oates and Wilson) perished during the return journey.



Alternative Form Available

MS 1043;BJ is a copy.

Related Material

See SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for a fuller list of archival collections held by the Institute containing material on this expedition.

Location of Originals

MS 1043;BJ Original manuscript in British Museum, BM Additional MS 47, 459;