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, will be made available to scientists, researchers, scholars and members of the public.
From today, anyone interested in the 19th century exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic expeditions of Captain Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton and their modern counterparts such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes can simply visit the Freeze Frame4 site. (Image to right shows Debenham and Taylor in the ice, 20 December 1910).
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.' (Image to the left shows Petty Officers Evans and Crean mending Sleeping Bags.)
Alistair Dunning, Digitisation2 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.' (Image right shows a pair of Adelie penguins, January 1911 British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-13. Image below shows Captain Scott writing his diary in the winterquarters' hut.)Freeze Frame archive4
Press coverage of this project5 (scroll to Feb 2009)