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The latest issue of Wellcome News – the Wellcome Trust’s quarterly magazine rounding up its latest activities – contains an article based on material from the Wellcome Library, exploring the involvement of Henry Wellcome’s pharmaceutical company with the last Antarctic expedition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott. The article is also available through the Wellcome Trust’s website.

Such material is actually – to pardon the pun – the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our collections relating to the Polar regions, as this Sources Guide shows. This is just one of the many guides which exist to provide detailed thematic guidance to our archive collections. Readers with an interest in these regions are also advised to search on our catalogue for more items of interest, such as – perhaps – this illustration of the launching of the first balloon within the Arctic Circle (taken from Edward Daniel Clarke’s Travels in various countries of Europe, Asia and Africa (1820-1823):

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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