Priestley, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

Scope and Content

  • MS 298/10;BJ Ice notes, [1910-1913] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 198;BJ Journal, 26 November 1910 to 7 January 1911, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1097/2;BJ Antarctic Diary I, 26 November 1910 to 29 July 1911 [Corrected copy typed at Cape Adare from diary and ice diaries] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 298/14/1;BJ Journal, 8 January to 14 March 1911, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 196;D Diary letter, 8 January to 17 February 1911 [Sent home with Terra Nova] 26 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1097/45;D Diary extracts, 8 January 1911 to 17 February 1911, 26 leaves, typescript
  • MS 1097/3;BJ Antarctic diary II, 29 July 1911 to 8 January 1912 [Corrected copy typed at Cape Adare from general, ice and sledging diaries] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 298/9;BJ Notes on ice foot, 1911 [Illustrated with photographs] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 289/11;BJ Meteorological statistics, 1911 [Cape Adare] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/13;D Snowfall, 1911 [Cape Adare] typescript
  • MS 298/8;BJ Sea ice notes, January 1911 to November 1912 [Taken from diary, illustrated with photographs] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 1179/1;D Notes on Aurora, 6 March to 27 June 1911 [Cape Adare] 85 leaves, holograph
  • MS 298/14/2;BJ Journal, 15 March to 11 July 1911, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/7/1-2;BJ Ice notes, 1 April 1911 to 8 January 1912 [Northern Party, Cape Adare] 2 volumes, holograph
  • MS 1065;MJ Notes on Aurora, 10 April to 14 October 1911 [Northern Party, including list of photographs] 168 leaves, microfilm
  • MS 1179/2;BJ Observations on Aurora, 23 June to 11 October 1911 [Cape Adare] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/6/4;BJ Diary III, 12 July to 24 December 1911 [Cape Adare, original of part of MS 298/6/1;BJ with photographs, diagrams and notes on sledging equipment] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/6/6;BJ Sledging Diary, 6 October to 15 November 1911 [Robertson Bay] 1 volume, holograph, shorthand
  • MS 298/6/1;BJ Diary, 26 November to 31 December 1911, 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 298/6/5;BJ Diary IV, 25 December 1911 to 8 January 1912 [Cape Adare, including photographs and drawings] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/12;D Meteorological diary, December 1911 [Typed at Cape Adare] typescript
  • MS 298/6/2;BJ Diary, 1 January 1912 to February 1913 [Including system of signals, script of lecture to Royal Geographical Society] 2 volumes, typescript
  • MS 298/6/3;BJ Copy of part of MS 298/6/2;BJ [1 January to 3 October 1912] 134 leaves, typescript
  • MS 298/6/7;BJ Sledging diary, 8 January to 25 April 1912 [Sledging diary stops 18 February 1912 entries continue till April] 1 volume, holograph, mostly shorthand
  • MS 1097/4;BJ Antarctic Diary, 8 January 1912 to 27 January 1913 [Uncorrected typed copy of general diary including press cuttings, notes and photographs] 1 volume, typescript
  • MS 298/14/3;BJ Journal, 26 May to 22 September 1912, 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/6/8;BJ Sledging Diary, 23 September to 7 November 1912 [Northern Party, Evans Coves to Cape Adare] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 298/6/9;BJ Diary, 7 November 1912 to 27 January 1913 [Cape Evans] 1 volume, holograph, short and long hand
  • MS 298/6/10;BJ Sledging diary, 2 December to 30 December 1912 [Mount Erebus trip] 1 volume, holograph, shorthand
  • MS 298/6/11;BJ Transcript of MS 298/6/10;ER, 2 and 3 December 1912 [Numerous photographs in volume] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 280/20;D Diary, 2 to 15 December 1912 [Ascent of Mount Erebus] typescript (Possibly transcript of part of MS 298/6/10;BJ)
  • MS 682/1-2;MSM Map showing geology of the Terra Nova Bay region, Victoria Land, Antarctica, 2 sheets
  • MS 1097/27/1-3;D Sledging song, Northern Party, 3 copies, holograph, typescript and duplicate
  • MS 645;BJ Sledging Song, Northern Party [Annotated version written 5 December 1960 at request of Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey Office, London. A BBC recording of the song is available (RS/6)] 7 leaves, mimeographed
  • MS 1097/46;BJ Personal copy of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, Glaciology by Charles Wright and Raymond Priestley, (London 1922) [Contains reviews and press clippings, photographs and letters] 1 volume, printed

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) 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 and comprising of Priestley (geologist and meteorologist), George Levick (surgeon, zoologist, photographer), George Abbot, Frank Browning (both petty officers) and Harry Dickason (seaman) 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.

The collection comprises of diaries, journals and work books (on meteorology, ice, snowfall etc) kept by Priestly as geologist and including the time with the northern party.


The material is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

The Institute holds over a hundred archival collections containing material relating to this expedition including collections for all of Priestley's northern party comrades. See SPRI collection GB 015 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 for more information.

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