Spring Meeting and AGM. The natural history of the Terra Nova expedition.
The Spring meeting and AGM of The Society for the History of Natural History will be held at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.
The Terra Nova Expedition (1910-12), officially the British Antarctic Expedition 1910, was led by Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) with the aim of being the first to reach the South Pole, a tragic journey that ended on 29th March, 1912. In addition to the polar attempt, the expedition carried out a comprehensive scientific programme and the Terra Nova was fully fitted out for scientific research in polar regions. The scientific crew included meteorologists, hydrologists, zoologists, glacialogists, biologists and geologists.
Outline Programme: March 2012
10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30 Welcome, announcements
10.30 – 10.45 Brian Linton (SPRI) The Scott Polar Research Institute and its involvement with the Terra Nova Expedition
10.45 – 11.15 Prof. David Walton (BAS) Antarctic science – a centennial perspective
11.15 – 11.20 discussion, questions
11.20 – 11.50 Howard Falcon-Lang The fossil forests of Antarctica: historical discoveries and new research
11.50 – 12.00 discussion, questions
12.00 – 12.30 Douglas Russell (NHM) Dr. George Murray Levick (1876-1956): unpublished notes on the Sexual Habits of the Adélie Penguin
12.30 – 12.40 discussion, questions
12.40 – 13.45 Break for lunch and viewing of exhibition
13.45 – 14.15 SHNH AGM
14.15 – 14.45 Mary Spencer Jones (NHM) Collecting in a Cold Climate: Denis Gascoigne Lillie (1884-1963) and the Terra Nova bryozoans
14.45 – 14.55 discussion, questions
14.55 – 15.25 Dr Bob Headland (SPRI) (title to be confirmed)
15.25 – 15.35 discussion, conclusions, general discussion
15.35 – 16.00 tea and close