History of the Society (and Polar Buffs group)
List of main Meetings and Events

DCPS celebrates its 10th birthday!

Birthday Cake
Birthday Party

At the Spring meeting on 22 March members celebrated the Society's 10th birthday with a gift of champagne and a fine cake baked by Tony Rose and decorated by his partner Lou with a map of Antarctica. We also enjoyed a great short film of the Society's activities over the last 10 years. The film is about 12 mins long and was put together by Tim Burr.

Mar 2002

Dr David Wilson lecture at The Plymouth City Museum on the "Discovery" Expedition

6 Jun 2004

Opening of Heritage Park at Scott Memorial, Mount Wise

10 Sept 2004

Talk by Dr David Wilson at Barratt Home's Explorer Court, site of Outlands on Captain Scott

22 Sept 2005

First meeting of Polar Buffs, New Country Inn, Ivybridge. Convened by Paul Davies, Mike Tarver "SS Terra Nova"

23 Mar 2006

Broke Evans "The Terra Nova Expedition" with his father's magic lantern slides

Broke EvansBroke Evans at Polar Buffs meeting March 2006

19 May 2006

Aiden Dooly as Tom Crean, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth

5 Oct 2006

Tony Soper "Travels in Antarctica"

Oct 2006

Letter to MPs re preserving the Historic Huts

22 Mar 2007

Bob Burton "Shackleton and Antarctica"

6 Aug 2007

Celebration of the Farewell Meal for Nimrod Expedition at the Torbay Hotel, Torquay

Departure of NimrodThe centenary of the departure of Nimrod from Torquay 2007

17 Oct 2007

Sharing our experiences and interests by members

19 Mar 2008

Michael Smith "Captain Oates"

19 Mar 2008

Devon and Cornwall Polar Society formed - Denis Wilkins elected Chairman

6 Jun 2008

Scott's 140th birthday Lecture, tour and celebration dinner, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club

22 Oct 2008

John Killingbeck "Antarctic Huskies"

19 Mar 2009

Ann Shirley Savours "The North West Passage" and AGM

Ann SavoursAnn Savours at Scott Dinner 2008

21 October 2009

Isobel Williams "Dr Edward Wilson"

24 Mar 2010

Rachel Andrews "Trekking to the South Pole" and AGM

22 Oct 2010

Antonia Reynolds "Surgeon Atkinson"

24 Mar 2011

Andrew Bellars "Vet work in Antarctica" at Outlands and AGM

4/5/6 Jun 2011

SCOTT 100 conference with Plymouth University and dinner at HMS Drake

20 Oct 2011

Simon Courtauld "Watkins Boys"

22 Mar 2012

Angie Butler "The Quest for Frank Wild" and AGM, Denis Wilkins made President of Society, Paul Davies elected Chairman

23 Mar 2012

Rededication of the National Scott Memorial Mount Wise by HRH Princess Royal and reception at Admiralty House

20 Oct 2012

Isobel Williams "Petty Officer Edgar Evans"

21 Mar 2013

Dr Adrian Fox "Mapping Antarctica" and AGM Decision to support purchase of Scott's Christening Cup

6 Jun 2013

Society Birthday dinner for Captain Scott

2013 Dinner2013 Society dinner on Scott's birthday

23 Oct 2013

"Recent expeditions South" John and Val Thorne
and Julie Ellis

20 Mar 2014

Denis Wilkins and Henry Guly 'Medicine in the Antarctic'

6-8 Aug 2014

Shackleton 100 events to commemorate the centenary of the start of Shackleton's ITAE at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Millbay

Group PhotoGroup photograph 7 August 2014

16 Oct 2014

Tim Jarvis 'Shackleton's EPIC expedition'

25 Mar 2015

John Dudeney on William Spiers Bruce 'the 1902-4 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition'

6 Jun 2015

Scott's birthday dinner at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth

15 Oct 2015

Recent Voyages South: Paul Davies and Tim Burr, Shackleton Centenary Expedition Denis Wilkins FIDS reunion expedition

24 Mar 2016

Alexandra Shackleton 'My Grandfather the Man and Explorer' and AGM

30 Jun 2016

Visit to the University Marine Centre. Talk by Matt Brown on training students in diving and his role as base commander in the building of Halley VI

20 Oct 2016

Tony Soper Q&A session on Working in the BBC Natural History Unit and cruising in the Polar regions

28-31 Oct 2016

Society visit to Shackleton Autumn School Athy, Ireland

23 Mar 2017

Brad Borkan on Extreme Decision in the Antarctic and AGM

19 Oct 2017

Ken Blaiklock and the BP film of the TAE

Historic sailing ship the PhoenixHistoric sailing ship the Phoenix (provided by Square Sail) sailing out of Millbay exactly one hundred years after Endurance
Unveiling plaque to commemorate the centenary of the sailing of EnduranceUnveiling the plaque to commemorate the centenary of the sailing of Endurance watched by the Deputy Lord Mayor, Paul Davies and the President of the DCPS Denis Wilkins