The Polar Museum in Cambridge—or, to give it its proper name, the Scott Polar Research Institute—was established in 1920 to study the Arctic and Antarctic poles, find what was there, see what impact that would have on science and to explore further. Now you and your family can book a stay at the Tamburlaine hotel Cambridge to give the museum a visit.
Because there are so many things to do in Cambridge, we advise booking hotels in central Cambridge so you don’t waste time travelling to and from the city. Especially with a museum as interesting as the Polar Museum, you could be there hours and you don’t want to lose the best parts of the day travelling!
The museum aims to educate future polar researchers, to share its full collection, and to provide an interesting and immersive day out.
Shackleton: Life and Leadership
Until the 22nd of December 2017
This exhibition is a celebration of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition, which examines how a young schoolboy became one of the most famous explorers in the world. Even though the expedition failed in its goal, it has been recognised as an extreme feat of bravery not only from Shackleton, but his team as one of the last great expeditions.
After this exhibition, not only did Ernest Shackleton receive 27 awards from thirteen nations other than Britain, he was also knighted, received the Polar Medal with three clasps and was awarded the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society. Not bad for a young merchant sailor! Focusing on his extreme bravery leading his men in sub-zero temperatures across the barren frozen wastelands, researchers at the Scott Polar Research Institute have put together a new exhibition asking – who was the real Shackleton?
Approximately 3000 objects make up the museum’s permanent collections of the study of polar environments, and include items like clothing, sledges, skis and harnesses, instruments for navigating the polar environment, scientific equipment (which often looks very rudimentary to us now), foodstuffs, as well as various medals and memorabilia awarded to famous explorers like Shackleton and Scott.
Not only do the collections cover the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton in the early 20th centuries, from the ill-fated Terra Nova exhibition (where we get the famous quote ‘I am just going outside and may be some time’) to the legendary Discovery and Shackleton-Rowett Expeditions, they also look further—from the British Graham Land Expedition all the way up to the Transglobe Expedition of the 1980s.
Researchers are still working on the Antarctic Cataloguing Project, which brings together manuscripts, letters and images to help give visitors to the Polar Museum a sense of what being there in the midst of the expedition must have really been like.
The Museum also sells souvenirs so you can enjoy the tales of the polar explorations back in your hotel room at The Tamburlaine Hotel Cambridge, as well as to remind you of the incredible stories you’ve heard.