George Simpson, later the Director of the Met Office on Vane Hill, Antarctica in 1911

100th anniversary of the British Antarctic Expedition

28 March 2012

Captain Scott's brave but ill-fated adventure still fascinates and inspires today, with 2012 marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Scott and his four companions. Faced with extreme and unusually cold temperatures they perished on their return journey from the Pole.

Although the main aim was to reach the South Pole, the expedition also established a long tradition of scientific research on the continent. The Met Office provided the instrumentation used to conduct the meteorological observations and Scott's team of meteorologists included George Simpson - later the Director of the Met Office from 1920 to 1938.

Records from the expedition are among the most historically significant items in the Met Office's National Meteorological Archive. Other material from the expedition in the archive includes letters, photographs and diagrams. An exhibition in the Met Office's Library is showcasing some of the items until mid-May.

Scott's Antarctic Expedition video

This video takes a look at the Met Office's involvement with and the legacy of Scott's expedition.

Scott's Antarctic expedition
In this commemorative video, Met Office forecaster George Goodfellow explores what happened to Scott and his team and the legacy they left behind.

Transcript of 'Scott's Antarctic Expedition' video [143kb] (opens in a new window)

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