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Scott centenary lecture & cruise announced

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7 June 2011 by Alex Stewart

Wexas members are invited to join Orion Expedition Cruises and Dr David Wilson at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge on Tuesday 5th July to learn more about the historic 'Worst Journey in the World'.

The dramatic story of the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Captain Scott, is one of the legendary accounts of human suffering under extreme conditions. The six week winter journey to Cape Crozier to retrieve Emperor Penguin eggs for scientific study, under conditions of total darkness and temperatures of -40°C below, also acted as preparation for the longer race to the previously undiscovered South Pole the following summer.

Dr David Wilson, great nephew of Dr Edward Wilson, Scott's Chief Scientist who tragically died along with Scott on the return trek from the South Pole in 1912, will discuss the ill-fated expedition and a unique Antarctica cruise announced to mark the centenary of this event that, in January 2012, is set to sail to some of the Polar Regions famously charted during the initial, pioneering voyage.

To commemorate the anniversary, Orion Expedition Cruises are returning to the region and to Ross Island in order to allow a privileged few the chance to see the explorers' hut that still stands there, perfectly preserved by the freezing Antarctic weather as it was when Scott, Wilson and the rest of the expeditionary team were based there.

To attend the talk at the Scott Polar Research Institute on Tuesday 05 July RSVP to Natalie Dorrington at [email protected] or telephone 020 7292 2361 by 15 June to secure your place.

The event begins with a canapé reception at 6.00pm and the talk itself starts at 7.00pm.

Tickets are £10 per person.

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