Royds, British National Antarctic Expedition

Scope and Content

  • MS 641/9;MJ Notice regarding the night and day duties, undated [On board Discovery in winter quarters, 1901-1904] microfilm
  • MS 1351;D General notebook, 1901-1904 [Notes for sledging, lists of men on watch] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 654/6;MJ Log book, 1901-1904 [Kept by Royds as first Lieutenant] microfilm
  • MS 641/1/1-7;MJ Journals (4) and sledging journals (3), 1901-1904 [volume I sledging journal, 11 to 19 September 1902, volume II sledging journal, 4 October to 17 November 1902 and 7 to 17 September 1903, volume III sledging journal, 10 November to 15 December 1903, volume IV, 16 December 1903 to 7 January 1904, volume V 8 January to 17 February 1904, volume VI 17 February to 26 March 1904, volume VII 26 March to 15 May 1904 and 17 May to 4 September 1904] microfilm
  • MS 654/1-5;MJ Journals (5) kept 'for the benefit of my family', 1901-1904 [volume I, 7 August 1901 to 18 February 1902, volume II 19 February to 30 August 1902 volume III 31 August 1902 to 20 March 1903, volume IV 21 March 1903 to 31 March 1904, volume V 1 April to 10 September 1904. These journals supplement MS 641/1/1-7:MJ] microfilm
  • MS 366/12;ER Report to Robert Falcon Scott, 4 to 19 March 1902 [On sledge expedition to Cape Crozier, In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2 item 9] autograph
  • MS 366/12;ER Reports, 3 November 1902 to 29 January 1903 [Made by Royds and Albert Armitage on activities on board Discovery]
  • MS 1453/32;D Report to Scott, 3 November to 17 November 1902 [Letter of proceedings for sledge journey] 11 leaves, holograph
  • MS 366/12;ER Report to Robert Falcon Scott, 25 September 1903 [On trip to Cape Crozier, In Papers of the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, volume 2 item 43] autograph
  • MS 366/7;BJ Log and observations kept during the south eastern sledge journey, 10 November to 10 December 1903 [Copy by George Mulock]

Administrative / Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) undertook the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Funding came from the Government, the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and private donations. The expedition set up base at McMurdo Sound from where sledging parties carried out recognisance and scientific programmes. Scott made the fist balloon ascent on the continent in 1902. A three-man sledge party consisting of Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson achieved a furthest south of 82°17'S. The expedition ship, Discovery, commissioned and built especially for the expedition was beset in McMurdo Sound from 1902-1904.



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 seventy archival collections containing material relating to this expedition see SPRI collection GB 015 British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904 for more information.