Evans, British Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 280/9/1;BJ Survey notebook, 15 April to 11 October 1911 [Kept at Cape Evans] 1 volume
  • MS 280/9/2;BJ Work book, 3 November 1910 to September 1911 [Includes true heights at Cape Evans worked out by George Clark Simpson and Charles Wright, for magnetic measurements in 1912, pages 290 to 292 have survey data of Ross Ice Shelf at Cape Crozier, 3 January 1911] 1 volume
  • MS 280/9/3;BJ Survey notebook, 24 January to 21 February 1911 and during January 1913 [Kept during the depot journey] 1 volume
  • MS 280/9/4;BJ Heights obtained during the depot journey of January and February 1911 [Also during the Pole journey by Edward R.G.R. Evans 'from sea ice', January 1913 by E.W. Nelson, and during the second western sledge journey by Griffith Taylor] 1 volume
  • MS 280/9/5;BJ Navigation notebook, 5 November 1911 to 9 January 1912 [Kept during southern journey] 1 volume
  • MS 280/9/6;BJ Work book, 26 January to 7 February 1911 [Kept during the depot journey, with the log of the southern journey, at the opposite end of the book are calculations made during the southern journey, 10 November to 2 January 1912] 1 volume
  • MS 795/4;BJ Meteorological observations, 4 January to 9 February 1912 [Taken on the Barrier by 2nd return party, observer too bad with scurvy to continue observations] 18 leaves of observations, 7 of notes (Xeroxed)

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 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 Edward Adrian Wilson) perished during the return journey.



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 relating to this expedition.