Devon and Cornwall Polar Society

Image courtesy of Peter Paisley


DCPS celebrates its 10th birthday!

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.
Broke Evans at Polar Buffs meeting
March 2006
2013 Society dinner on Scott's birthday
The centenary of the departure of Nimrod from Torquay 2007
Ann Savours at Scott dinner 2008
Group photograph 7 August 2014
Historic sailing ship the Phoenix (provided by Square Sail) sailing out of Millbay exactly one hundred years after Endurance
Unveiling 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
March 2002 Dr David Wilson lecture at The Plymouth City Museum on the "Discovery" Expedition
6 June 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 March 2006 Broke Evans "The Terra Nova Expedition" with his father's magic lantern slides
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 March 2007 Bob Burton "Shackleton and Antarctica"
6 August 2007 Celebration of the Farewell Meal for Nimrod Expedition at the Torbay Hotel, Torquay
17 Oct 2007 Sharing our experiences and interests by members
19 March 2008 Michael Smith "Captain Oates"
19 March 2008 Devon and Cornwall Polar Society formed
Denis Wilkins elected Chairman
6 June 2008 Scott's 140th birthday Lecture, tour and celebration dinner, Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club
22 Oct 2008 John Killingbeck "Antarctic Huskies"
19 March 2009 Ann Shirley Savours "the North West Passage" and AGM
21 October 2009 Isobel Williams "Dr Edward Wilson"
24 March 2010 Rachel Andrews "Trekking to the South Pole" and AGM
22 October 2010 Antonia Reynolds "Surgeon Atkinson"
24 March 2011 Andrew Bellars "Vet work in Antarctica" at Outlands and AGM
4/5/6 June 2011 SCOTT 100 conference with Plymouth University and dinner at HMS Drake
20 October 2011 Simon Courtauld "Watkins Boys"
22 March 2012 Angie Butler "The Quest for Frank Wild" and AGM
Denis Wilkins made President of Society
Paul Davies elected Chairman
23 March 2012 Rededication of the National Scott Memorial Mount Wise by HRH Princess Royal and reception at Admiralty House
20 October 2012 Isobel Williams "Petty Officer Edgar Evans"
21 March 2013 Dr Adrian Fox "Mapping Antarctica" and AGM Decision to support purchase of Scott's Christening Cup
6 June 2013 Society Birthday dinner for Captain Scott
23 October 2013 "Recent expeditions South" John and Val Thorne
and Julie Ellis
20 March 2014 Denis Wilkins and Henry Guly 'Medicine in the Antarctic'
6-8 August 2014 Shackleton 100 events to commemorate the centenary of the start of Shackleton's ITAE at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel and Millbay
16 October 2014 Tim Jarvis 'Shackleton's EPIC expedition'
25 March 2015 John Dudeney on William Spiers Bruce 'the 1902-4 Scottish National Antarctic Expedition'
6 June 2015 Scott's birthday dinner at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth
15 October 2015 Recent Voyages South: Paul Davies and Tim Burr, Shackleton Centenary Expedition
Denis Wilkins FIDS reunion expedition
24 March 2016 Alexandra Shackleton 'My Grandfather the Man and Explorer' and AGM
30 June 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 October 2016 Tony Soper Q&A session on Working in the BBC Natural History Unit and cruising in the Polar regions
28 October - 31 October 2016 Society visit to Shackleton Autumn School Athy, Ireland
23rd March 2017 Brad Borkan on Extreme Decision in the Antarctic and AGM
19th October 2017 Ken Blaiklock and the BP film of the TAE