Magazine article History Today

Web Review: Turning the Pages of Darwin's Notebooks and Scott's Last Expedition

Magazine article History Today

Web Review: Turning the Pages of Darwin's Notebooks and Scott's Last Expedition

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Web Review Turning the pages of Darwin's notebooks and Scott's last expedition www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/diaries/ www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/category.20235

Maritime history is closely related to the history of science and to the discoveries of new lands and is firmly back in fashion. The diaries of Captain Scott and Charles Darwin are the subject of two excellent websites.

As part of its Polar Diaries project, the archive of the University of Cambridge's Scott Polar Research Institute has recently begun to publish Captain Scott's daily journal entries made during his final expedition to the South Pole. The first entry, recording the preparations for the voyage in New Zealand, was posted on Scott's Last Expedition blog on November 25th, 2009, 99 years on from the date of the original entry in 1910. The entries are illustrated with maps and photographs from the time. They are also linked to a Twitter account which provides brief updates on a daily basis.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859, English Heritage has published online Darwin's notebooks written during his five-year voyage on board HMS Beagle. …

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