Antarctica: Scott’s hut at Cape Evans 100 years on

The base for the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica was at Cape Evans on Ross Island. There, the British Antarctic Expedition under Captain Robert Falcon Scott landed in January 1911 and erected their pre-fabricated hut. Famously, Scott and the polar party of Henry “Birdie” Bowers, Edward “Bill” Wilson, Lawrence “Titus” Oates and Edgar “Teddy” Evans reached the South Pole on 29 January 1912 only to discover that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had got there first, on 14 December 1911. Scott and his men all perished on their return. After spending another winter in Antarctica, a search party set out from the hut on 29 October 1912 and on 12 November discovered the tent and the frozen bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers. In January 1913 with the return of the Terra Nova, the hut was abandoned as the surviving members of the expedition embarked for their journey to New Zealand with the news.

Scott’s hut is still there at Cape Evans and in the last decade or so there has been a campaign to record and preserve its remarkable contents. This BBC programme was first shown in April 2011. It is available for viewing on the BBC iPlayer until 1 Sept 2017.