Scott's last expedition
on his last journey.
From January until March 2012, we highlighted a range of items from our Treasures display relating to Robert Falcon Scott's last expedition known as the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913.
- Rachel Hazell's artistic response to Antarctica
- Snow goggles, clothing and equipment
- Published account of the expedition
- Henry Bowers
- Edward Wilson
- Scott's last expedition map
- An advertising postcard from around 1910.
The British Antarctic Expedition
The British Antarctic Expedition set sail from Cardiff on 15 June 1910 under the command of Captain Robert Falcon Scott RN (Royal Navy).
The stated aims were to increase scientific knowledge of the polar region, and to be the first to reach the South Pole.
Scott and his party of four men reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find that a Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen had arrived there almost a month before.
All five men in the British party died on their journey back to the base camp. Their bodies were discovered on 12 November 1912, along with letters and diaries which provided details of their journey.
Find out more about polar exploration at NLS
The National Library of Scotland holds one the UK's leading collections on Antarctic exploration.
Discover polar ephemera held at NLS.
Watch Mountaineering and Polar Collections Curator Paula Williams' filmed talk about items relating to Scott's last expedition.