Scott's last expedition

Captain Scott in full polar outfit
Captain Scott as he appeared
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.

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.


Geography and exploration main page


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.

Elsewhere on the web

Scott Polar Research Institute is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions.


Scott 100 events website celebrates the centenary of the expedition.


The Royal Geographical Society website has a section on the Scott centenary.


Discovering Antarctica website by the Royal Geographical Society in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


International Scott Centenary Expedition website follows the 2012 expedition re-tracing Scott's footsteps.


Information on Scott's papers in the National Register of Archives.


Fram Museum in Oslo.

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