Inspiring lectures from Antony Jinman, Sara Wheeler and Meredith Hooper amongst others at Plymouth University this weekend.

Sara Wheeler, devilish, interesting and refreshingly unhearty on Apsley Cherry-Garrard finished with his quote;

‘Exploration is the physical expression of the Intellectual Passion.

And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man, you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say ‘What is the use?’ For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys, you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg.’

Meredith Hooper managed to story-tell with the minimum of slides for over an hour to an enthralled audience, telling the tale of the neglected Northern Party.  The photo shows them on their return to base in 1912 after surviving 7 months in an ice-cave over the winter.