Captain Scott's photographic negatives to stay in Britain



2015-06-26 13:40:35

Captain Scott's photographic negatives to stay in Britain

Captain Scott's photographic negatives were bought thanks to an appeal

A set of photographic negatives from Captain Scott's 1910-1913 Antarctic Expedition are to stay in Britain after funds were raised to purchase them.

Scott saved archives Nine of the images in the archive are unrecorded

The owner had planned to sell them at auction if the money had not been raised in time but thanks to the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a public appeal headed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the asking price of 275,000 ($457,892) was met.

Heather Lane, keeper of collections at the SPRI, commented to the BBC: "The negatives take us right back to the point of origin, a fact made all the more exciting given that the institute also holds the camera on which they were taken.

"Furthermore, nine images from this set of negatives have hitherto been unknown and will be of major value for research."

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