The Antarctic Monument created by the sculptor Oliver Barratt was unveiled by the artist and the Chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust to applause from well over a hundred family and friends.
Antarctic Monument at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Lensfield Road, Cambridge. Photo Julian Paren
Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, welcomed the friends and relatives of those who died in the Antarctic saying that the monument to "those who lost there lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science" was wholly fitting in the Institute which had been set up by money to continue Scott's scientific work.
After the unveiling to a round of applause Oliver Barratt explained the significance of his design of the monument, saying that the living and dead were inter-dependant. The living depended on the dead for their understanding and appeciation of the world.
The Director concluded the afternoon by inviting the familiies and friends to explore the newly furbished Polar Museum and take tea in the Entrance Hall.