Lillie, correspondence

Scope and Content

  • MS 1457;D Letter to Dr Edward Arber, March 1911 [Account of early stages of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 2 leaves, holograph (Xerox)
  • MS 559/86/1-21;D Letters (21) to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 4 June 1914 to 3 August 1918 [Regarding his and Cherry-Garrard's affairs] 21 leaves, autograph
  • MS 1488/2;BJ Letter to Kathleen Scott, 4 June 1912 [In Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition Kathleen Scott's copy, volume 2, page 478] 1 leaf, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence relates to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott), this expedition 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. 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.

Serving as biologist Lillie remained on the expedition ship Terra Nova caring out scientific programmes.



Related Material

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a number of photographs, film and other illustrative material in the Picture Library, some of which covers this expedition. The catalogue can be searched on line by going to the Picture Library Database and selecting the Enter Polar Pictures link.

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