About

bibliographyThis site is a resource for articles, links, timelines, history etc. related to the exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

There are a vast number of online sites covering arctic exploration, often with detailed timelines and selected descriptive articles. The objective of the site is not to add yet another set of descriptions of expeditions and exploration but to bring together in a single place key information and links to sources of information – websites, books, journal articles etc.It reflects to author’s personal interest in polar exploration.DL-small

Clearly, specialised institutions have a greater range of material available and Wikipedia is obviously a great source for specific pieces of information but this site aims to make access simple and quick and also to stimulate reading around a subject.

The views are entirely those of the author. I have tried to avoid any breaches of copyright and where material has been copied from Public Domain or Creative Commons sources this is acknowledged.

I am retired from paid employment after a career in IT having worked for IBM for 30 years and then being a director of a smaller IT company for 11 years.

I also taught photography for six years.

I am currently studying Economics and Politics having previously completed a Masters in History (Edinburgh University) and I also have an MBA (Sterling University). My first degree was in Mathematics (Cambridge).

I also have a passion for polar history having built up a library of some 600 volumes since the 1980s. My interest was sparked by finding and reading a first edition of Nansen’s Farthest North in a second-hand bookshop. I always loved second-hand bookshops and in those days every town boasted a good one. When travelling on business I would always try to find 1/2 hour to browse the local bookshop. Another early purchase was Otto Nordenskjöld Antarctica about the1901-1904 Swedish Antarctic Expedition.

ice_berg_01I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Antarctica in early 2009 and Svalbard in the Arctic in 2011 and Greenland and the Canadian Arctic in 2018.