- MS 559/154;D Letter to Apsley Cherry-Garrard, 27 January 1919 [Personal news and invitation to reunion of survivors of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 1 leaf, holograph
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- ReferenceGB 15 Walter William Archer/Correspondence
- Dates of Creation27 January 1919
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The correspondence relates to the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). Archer served as chief steward on board the expedition ship Terra Nova and was a member of the shore party.
The 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. 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.