Michael Barne collection

Reference: GB 0015 Michael Barne
Title: Michael Barne collection
Dates of creation: 1902 -1907
Held at: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Extent: Letters, journals, diaries, reports and sketches
Name of Creator: Michael Barne
Level of Description: fonds
Language of Material: eng


Administrative/Biographical History

Michael Barne was born in England in 1877. He was brought up at Sotterley Park in Suffolk and entered the navy in 1893. He qualified as a Royal Navy officer in 1898 and joined the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 - 1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) as second lieutenant on the expedition ship Discovery. During the expedition he took responsibility for magnetometry and soundings, and was involved in several sledge journeys.

After returning to the Navy he had hopes of forming an Antarctic expedition of his own and was involved in experiments with motor sledges, but these came to nothing. He served in the Royal Navy in the First World War and was awarded the D.S.O., retiring from the navy with the rank of captain in 1919. In the Second World War, he re-joined the navy to command an anti-submarine patrol ship. He died on 31 May 1961.

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of journals, reports and diaries written during the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 -1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott). There are also loose sketches taken from the diaries and correspondence with other members of the expedition. The second part of the collection comprises of correspondence regarding future proposed polar expeditions.

System of Arrangement

For the purpose of this guide the collection is split into two sub-fonds relating to material created during the expedition, and correspondence on future plans.

Administrative Information

Accruals

Further accessions possible.

Access Conditions

By appointment

Copyright/Reproduction

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Note

Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

Note

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library Shelf (*7)

Journal of Polar Studies (1985) volume 2 part 1 p357-359 SPRI Library Periodical and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Further Information

Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue. (Garland Publishing New York and London 1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Further Information

Related Units of Description

  • MS 366/12;ER Scott, R.F. Memo to Armitage, Royds and Barne, September 1903
  • MS 366/12;ER Scott, R.F. Instructions for southern journey, 1 October 1903

Reference: GB 0015 Barne, British National Antarctic Expedition

Barne, British National Antarctic Expedition

Dates of creation: 1902 - 1904
Extent: Circa 11 letters, 6 volumes, 4 reports and 10 loose sketches
Name of Creator: Michael Barne


Administrative/Biographical History

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 -1904 (leader Robert Falcon Scott) made the first extensive exploration on land in Antarctica. Discovery spent two winters at Hut Point, Ross Island. A three man sledge party reached farthest south (82.28° south) on 30 December 1902. Two relief expeditions were sent to the ice-bound Discovery in McMurdo Sound before the ship was freed. The collection relates to Barne's participation in the expedition.

Scope and Content

  • MS 641/5;MJ Letter to Charles William Rawson Royds, 21 December 1902 [Written in camp. Containing details of the position of a depot to be laid off the north end of White Island.] Microfilm 1 page Autograph
  • MS 641/7;MJ Letter to Charles William Rawson Royds, October 1903. [Written during sledging journey. Arrangements for return. "All the party are well and in good spirits. They have done us proud." ] Microfilm 2 pages Autograph
  • MS 366/12;ER Report to Robert Falcon Scott on the return journey from Castle Hill, 9 to 11 March 1902 [dated 25 March 1902]. In papers of British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 - 1904 volume 2 item 10. 1 report
  • MS 366/12;ER Report of the South-western sledge journey, 20 December 1902 to 30 January 1903 by Barne. In papers of British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 - 1904 Volume 2 item 34 1 report.
  • MS 366/12;ER Summary report on the Southern sledge journey, 17 December 1903 Autograph. In papers of British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 - 1904 Volume 2 item 45
  • MS 366/12;ER Report of Southern sledge journey, 6 October to 13 December 1903 Autograph. In papers of British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 - 1904 volume 2 item 46
  • MS 366/6/1-2;BJ Sledging journal and notebook kept during expedition. Vol.1 Sledging journal of South-western journey, 20 December 1902 to 30 January 1903 [Including topographical sketches] Vol.2 Notebook recording soundings and sea temperatures below the ice in McMurdo Sound near Discovery winter quarters. 2 volumes
  • MS 1518/1;D Diary volume 1, 31 July 1901 to 15 April 1902. [Contains eight watercolour paintings and various black and white ink sketches]
  • MS 1518/2;D Diary volume 2, 16 April 1902 to 29 December 1902. [Contains 9 watercolour paintings; The Blizzard, May 1902; Menu signed by members of the expedition; concert program, 25 June 1902; Program R Terror Theatre Group - Dishcover Minstrel Troupe, 6 June 1902; Programme of sports, 8 November 1902, concert program, 8 November 1902 in honour of the birthday of HRH King Edward VII]
  • MS 1518/3;D Diary Volume 3, 21 December 1902 to 12 September [19--] [Contains one water colour painting; menu autographed by expedition members. 1 volume
  • MS 1518/4;D Diary Volume 4, 12 September 1903 to 10 June 1904 [Contains map of Port Ross] 1 volume
  • MS 1518/6/1-8;BJ Selection of watercolour paintings taken from Diary volumes 3 and 4. 9 folios
  • MS 1518/6/9;BJ Ink/colour sketch The ice King taken from Diary Volume 4 [23 January 1904] 1 folio

Reference: GB 0015 Barne, general correspondence

Barne, general correspondence

Dates of creation: 1906 - 1907
Extent: circa 10 letters
Name of Creator: Michael Barne


Administrative/Biographical History

Letters regarding planed expeditions and development of motor sledges

Scope and Content

  • MS 342/19;D Letter to Reginald William Skelton, Ipswich, 17 September 1907 [Re. his work with Charcot on motor sledges] 1 page holograph
  • MS 1453/48/1-10;D Letters (9) and a telegram to Robert Falcon Scott, 1 October 1906 to 11 June 1907, [Preparations for Scott's second expedition, especially co-operation with Charcot over motor trials; some mention of Shackleton's Nimrod plans] 14 leaves, holograph