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Cambridge exhibit tells the story of Captain Scott's final Terra Nova polar expedition

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Captain Robert Falcon Scott (L) with members of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, also known as Terra Nova at the South Pole next the tent of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen who beat Scott to the Pole by 33 days. Laying bare their dejection and determination, the story of Robert Scott's bid to become the first to reach the South Pole is being told by the men themselves, 100 years on from the ill-fated expedition.

 

From the Scott Polar Research Institute website:

"These rough notes: Capt. Scott's last expedition" (7th December – 5th May) puts on show papers from the British Antarctic Expedition 1910–13 held in the Polar Museum's archive collection, much of which has never been on public display before.

The exhibition tells the full story of the fateful Terra Nova expedition, not just through the famous journals and letters of Scott, Bowers, Evans, Oates and Wilson, who perished on their way back from the Pole, but through other members of the ship's crew and shore party.

The title of the exhibition comes directly from Captain Scott's message to the public written at the end of his journal, just prior to his death. Dated March 29, 1912, it reads: "Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale, but surely, surely, a great rich country like ours will see that those who are dependent on us are properly provided for."

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Taken sometime between 1910 and 1913, this photo shows members of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, also known as Terra Nova at the "Ice Cave".

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Taken on Dec. 9, 1910, this photo shows members of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, on the forecastle of the Terra Nova, as they enter the Antarctic ice pack.

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A picture released by the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) at the University of Cambridge on Dec, 7, 2011 as part of the exhibition at Cambridge university about Captain Scott's polar expedition entitled "These rough notes and our dead bodies . . ." and taken in 1912 shows members of the northern party after winter in a snow cave during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13, also known as Terra Nova.

The exhibition runs at The Polar Museum in Cambridge, England, until May 5, 2012.