Lecture at Scott Base


Discovery Hut 2015

I delivered my lecture on Antarctic History yesterday evening – at Scott Base. Some people from Scott Base attended the lecture and of course all the PCAS students. It was good to have the tour through the Discovery Hut the day before, so I could refer to the location quite often. I compressed my lecture from a three hour to a one and a half hour one. That worked quite well and it was very helpful that we had the exercise already in the field. My lecture was recorded by Anthony Powell and I am looking forward how he will integrate parts of it in his new documentary.

Scott Base, here I come – again…

Tomorrow is another departure to the Antarctic. At 8:30am is reporting time at Antarctica NZ and I hope all goes to plan. Another PCAS course is going down and I am the History Tutor this year again. I hope the Discovery hut is furnished again (not like last year, when all was under conservation work) so that the students get a better idea of the conditions 100 years ago.



History lecture in the Discovery Hut, Dec. 2014; courtesy: James Stone

I will also deliver my lecture on Antarctic History at Scott Base.

The 21 quilts (see previous note) for the exhibition are also ready to go and I hope many people at Scott Base will see them and that also people from McMurdo will come along and have a look and maybe participate at the viewer’s choice.

I will post more at Scott Base and hope it will be that exciting than last year’s event.


New article

A new article is out: “‘Blizzard blowing again and considerable discomfort on board as usual.’ Personal accounts of weather as scientific data, and the weather’s influence on expedition members during the Heroic Age”

It is not allowed that I put the link on that page – so when someone wants to read the article, please go to  “The Polar Journal” and search the latest issue (June 2015). from here you can download then the text as pdf. Sorry for that hassle, but the access to my article on Felix Koenig has been blocked and the link in my post is not working.


Research stay in Europe

Some busy  weeks are laying ahead. I will be in Europe to work in the Archives in Austria and England again.


My workspace at SPRI in 2013

I give a talk on my research at the Austrian Society of History of Science (Oesterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte) at 16th April at 6pm (Vienna University Archive, Postgasse 9, 1010 Wien). I have been invited for a talk after I gave a talk in June last year at the Institute for Austrian History (Institut fuer Oesterreichkunde, IOEK).

The next step: I will spend some time in Cambridge again in the Archives at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) to do research on Nimrod Expedition 1907 – 1909 especially on the diaries and meteorological logs of the Ross Sea Party.  This is a part of my COMNAP Research Fellowship project which started in 2012/13. In the meantime I gave 10 talks on the development on that project, had 3 poster presentations and 6 publications in journals and webpages.

In May I attend a workshop in Colorado: SCAR History Expert Group and the SCAR Social Science Action Group. I will give an oral presentation on the development of an digital platform where information can be exchanged on the whereabouts of diaries and documents of Polar expeditions. The idea has been discussed at the SCAR Open Science Conference last year. (see report) The platform is in the early state of its development, but at least it is a start.


Me, teaching Antarctic History in the “Discovery Hut” at Hut Point, Antarctic December 2014.

History Seminar Talk

Busy times! One of the reasons is preparing talks and lectures for ANTA 102.

I give a talk at the History Seminar series on  Wednesday, 18th March, 12-1pm in Arts Lecture Theater A8 which is only held during the term time.

The talk is on my preliminarily results on the COMNAP project. I was rewarded with an COMNAP research fellowship in 2012/13 and this research is still going on. It turned out that there is so much more material which has to be processed to get a solid database on historic weather data. An article will be published in Juli with some of the results of my research so far in the Polar Journal.


Me with a modern weather station in the Antarctic at the PCAS course 2014/15.