Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Freezeframe Historic Polar Images, 1845-1982 from the Scott Polar Research Institute

Well as Ernest Shackleton is one of my hero's got to blog this great resource The Scot Polar Research Institute based in Cambridge England has put 20000 images on the web . This is what the web is for

Historic Polar Images, 1845-1982 from the Scott Polar Research Institute

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Today, 4th March 2009, sees more than 20,000 photos from 150 years of polar expeditions available online. These images have been made accessible by the Scott Polar Research Institute, thanks to a digitisation programme funded by JISC.

As part of the preservation programme, negatives, daguerreotypes and lantern slides, which form part of a rich but fragile archive held by the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, are now available to scientists, researchers, scholars and members of the public.

As well as being able to view a range of images, including Herbert Ponting’s glass plate negatives from the 1910-13 British Antarctic Expedition, that are so fragile they will never be on public display, visitors to the website will also be able to read extracts from diaries, expedition reports, letters and other personal papers of expedition members.

Polar Explorer Pen Hadow, who is currently leading the Catlin Arctic Survey which will determine the likely meltdown date of the ice cap, said: “The Freeze Frame archive is invaluable in charting changes in the polar regions.
Making the material available to all will help with further research into scientific studies around global warming and climate change.”

Heather Lane, Librarian and Keeper of Collections at the Scott Polar Research Institute, said: “The digitisation of these historic photographs allows the Scott Polar Research Institute’s resources to reach a wider learning community than ever before. Without this JISC-funded project we risked losing some of the most fragile of items forever and certainly wouldn’t be able to give so many people access to otherwise hidden collections that can further the study of polar environments.”

Alistair Dunning, Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC, added: “This is one of over a dozen JISC-funded projects which aim to take valuable content that is not easily accessible by scholars or other interested parties and make it available to all. Freeze Frame will provide an unparalleled record of the living conditions and scientific findings of the explorers which can be used by learners today studying everything from photography and nutrition to global warming and glaciology.”

A new exhibition, Face to Face, featuring some of the historic photographic portraits discovered during the Freeze Frame project, is currently on a UK tour and opens at Discovery Point, Dundee on 7th March.

For additional information visit the Freeze Frame archive

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