Markham, papers

Scope and Content

  • MS 13;D 'Extracts from the journal of Sir Clements Markham when with the training squadron in 18887' [Entries for 1 and 5 March, probably earliest references to Robert Falcon Scott in his diaries, and extracted by him for that reason] 1 leaf, holograph
  • MS 1453/2;BJ 'The starting of the Antarctic Expedition'[The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 and its origins] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 715/9;BJ Notebook containing notes on the members and proceedings of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, 1 volume and 2 loose leaves, 1 photograph, holograph
  • MS 559/93;D Memorandum entitled 'Suggestions and proposals respecting the draft report' undated [1913] [Regarding the publication of the results of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 2 leaves, typescript, autograph
  • MS 12;D Private memorandum to Council of Royal Geographical Society, February 1914
  • MS 1458;BJ List of Antarctic medallists of the Royal Geographical Society [Copy of Markham's original manuscript in the Royal Geographical Society made by L.W. Longstaff, 1905. Primarily a list of members of the National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 who were awarded the Silver Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, with biographical notes and character assessments for each man] 1 volume, holograph

Administrative / Biographical History

On his appointment to the post of President at the Royal Geographical Society Markham made it clear that he wished Britain to mount a substantial Antarctic expedition. Royal Navy Captain Robert Falcon Scott led the resulting British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904. Markham continued to take an interest in polar exploration throughout his life.

The papers relate to the planning of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 its course and results and polar exploration in general.