British National Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 1453/17;D Scientific library of the Discovery and List of books. Un dated [The list of books was received at the Institute with the Discovery scientific library, but there is no other evidence to connect it with the expedition, and it could be quite unrelated] 3 leaves, holograph and typescript
  • MS 1464/10;D Names and addresses of the relatives of the men of the Discovery [Lists names and addresses of nearest relative of 24 Discovery seamen] 3 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1453/16;D Miscellaneous financial statements and appeals, 1899-1906, 12 leaves, printed and holograph
  • MS 594/1;ER Petty cash book, July 1899 to December 1904, 1 volume
  • MS 1453/15;D Miscellaneous notes on scientific observations [Notes on proposed programmes in meteorology, climatology, terrestrial magnetism, aurora, atmospheric electricity, and on Headings of Bacteriology, Parasitology, & Helminthology] 7 leaves, holograph
  • MS 545/1-4;SL Meteorological registers (4), 7 August to circa 17 February 1904
  • MS 1453/35;BPC Album of press cuttings regarding the expedition, 1 volume
  • MS 1453/36;BPC Album of press cuttings regarding the expedition, 20 February to 1 October 1903 [Including transcripts of 6 letters from Sir Clements Markham to Mrs Hannah Scott and Mr Macartney, March to August 1903, assembled for Robert Falcon Scott by his mother] 1 volume
  • MS 735/1;BPC Album of press cuttings, photographs, sketches etc. relating to the expedition [Includes 1 pencil sketch and 5 watercolours by Edward Wilson]
  • MS 366/11-17;ER Files of expedition correspondence [Presumably Scott's working files, with some additions to 1964] 7 volumes (The preface to volume 1 has details)
  • MS 366/10;HP Construction plans of the hut at Hut Point, drawn in ink and wash on 2 sides of a sheet of oiled paper, marked copy number 1, undated, unsigned and unlabelled except for a note in one corner in Brian Roberts hand

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection comprises of material created prior, during and after the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott)



Related Material

The Institute holds over seventy archival collections containing material relating to this expedition. These include collections for expedition members GB 015 Albert Armitage, GB 015 Michael Barne, GB 015 Louis Charles Bernacchi, GB 015 Thomas Crean, GB 015 James Duncan, GB 015 Edward RGR Evans, GB 015 Hartley Travers Ferrar, GB 015 Charles Ford, GB 015 Clarence Hare, GB 015 Thomas Hodgson, GB 015 Reginald Koettlitz, GB 015 William Lashly, GB 015 George Mulock, GB 015 Frank Plumley, GB 015 Charles Royds, GB 015 Robert Falcon Scott, GB 015 Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, GB 015 Reginald Skelton, GB 015 Thomas Whitefield, GB 015 John Robert Francis Wild, GB 015 Thomas Williamson and GB 015 Edward Wilson.

The Institute also holds archival collections for GB 015 ships, Discovery and expedition newspaper GB 015 The Blizzard and for several members of the two relief expeditions which were sent to Discovery, see SPRI collection GB 015 British Relief Expeditions,1902-1903-1904 for more information.