The Encyclopaedia Britannica in Antarctica
Monday, 26 October 2015 from 18:00 to 19:30 (GMT)
Heading south in 1914, Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance was loaded with equipment, clothing and food needed by 28 men to survive and explore in Antarctica. But tucked on board were things essential for men's minds. A gramophone, musical instruments, packs of playing cards, footballs; most important, books. Pride of place, available for all to borrow were the 28 volumes of the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. A treasure house of information, instructions and the latest thinking. Meredith Hooper and Rosalind Grooms will describe how, as Shackleton's expedition unfolded in ways unplanned and danger-filled, the Encyclopaedia began fulfilling roles beyond the relief of reading. The talk will be followed by an optional guided tour of the Polar Museum at 7pm.
Meredith Hooper is a lecturer, historian, Antarctic expert and full-time writer of non-fiction and fiction for children and adults.
Rosalind Grooms is the Cambridge University Press Archivist.
When & Where
The Polar Museum
If you have ever wondered what it is like to travel to the Polar Regions or why they are so important to the future of our world, take a trip to The Polar Museum. From penguins to paintings, sleeping bags to sextants, Inuit art to explorers' diaries – come and find out about exploration, science and survival at the extreme ends of the earth.