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Explore Antarctica

History of science


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Discover how polar exploration has shaped our understanding of the world we live in.

The British Arctic Expedition 1875-1876

Expeditions into uncharted areas and unfamiliar countries underpinned early scientific research. Through observations and an incredible curiosity for their surroundings, early explorers helped develop our understanding of nature and paved the way for modern day research.

Journey to the South Pole using recently rediscovered footage from the Royal Society archives showing the establishment of the first scientific base at Halley in 1956.

Join our expert panel as we discuss the importance of polar exploration in scientific endeavour.

Panellists include:

Professor Eric Wolff FRS, University of Cambridge

Camilla Nichol, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Dr Richard Powell, Scott Polar Research Institute

Dr Anna Jones, British Antarctic Survey

Attending this event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors and cash bar will open at 18:30 and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis
  • This event may be popular and entry cannot be guaranteed
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Explore Antarctica

Discover how polar exploration has shaped our understanding of the world we live in, and paved the way for modern scientific research.


The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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