What was life like in Scott's base camp?

In January 1912, the British explorer and naval officer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, only to discover he had been beaten in the race there by his Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen. Scott - and four comrades who travelled with him - died on their return to base camp.

Exactly a century on, the Natural History Museum in London is marking the explorer's final ill-fated expedition by celebrating the scientific achievements he and his men made during their three years in Antarctica - and by looking at how the team lived together in such an inhospitable place.

Here - with Louise Emerson from the museum - take a look back at Scott's Terra Nova expedition.

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Scott's Last Expedition can be seen at the Natural History Museum, London, from 20 January-2 September 2012.

All images subject to copyright - courtesy Natural History Museum, SPRI Cambridge, Getty Images, PA and Science Photo Library.

Music courtesy KPM Music. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 20 January 2012.


Four things Scott found in Antarctica (and one that found him) - BBC News

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These Rough Notes: Capt Scott's Last Expedition - Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

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