Monday, 18 April 2011

Scott's Hut

Captain Scott and his team of Antarctic explorers reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to discovery that a Norwegian expedition had beaten them to it. On their return across the ice, they all died. The base camp hut that they built to house their supplies and to conduct scientific research remained untouched for decades.

The hut and it's contents have been preserved and provide a glimpse into the past. Several well known companies (some still trading today) produced special items for the trip - an early example of sponsorship. The link shows images from the interior of the hut today and original pictures by the expedition photographer Herbert Ponting.

There is also a programme currently on BBC iplayer, which tells the story of the ill-fated expedition and explores the contents of Scott's Hut.

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