Scott 150

On 6 June 2018 over 100 polar enthusiasts attended a varied day of activities in Plymouth to commemorate the 150 birthday of Captain Scott in the City. The day started with a church service organised by Father Silk of St Bartholomew's Church on the site of Outlands House - Scott's birthplace. The children of Ford School singing a specially composed song about Scott was the highlight. Falcon Scott unveiled a plaque to his grandfather and the service was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon and the Lord Mayor of Plymouth. There followed a wreath laying ceremony at the Scott Memorial at Mount Wise which was accompanied by a moving lament by a lone piper.

After lunch at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel, biographer David Crane talked about Scott: the man and the myth and this talk was followed by a talk by Prof Lloyd Peck of BAS on Marine Science in Antarctica. Lloyd also gave a well-received interactive talk for young people the evening before at the new Scott College in Stoke village.

A gala dinner was preceded by live music from the Polar Trio who sang Edwardian songs. The Duke of Cornwall provided a fine three course dinner in the ballroom and Falcon Scott gave a very personal and thought provoking talk about growing up with such a famous father and grandfather.

Everyone enjoyed the day and the President of the Society John Killingbeck thanked organisers Julie Ellis and Brigette Dixon, the Scott 150 committee and sponsors very warmly for their organisation and support.

BBC Spotlight TV covered the event in their news that evening

Our sponsors were:
The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arcturus Expeditions, The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Our supporters were:
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth City Council, Scott College and Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Prof Lloyd Peck before the public lecture at Scott College
with the Captain Scott bust (sculptured by Kathleen Scott),
Martyn Cox Principal of Scott College and members of DCPS
Church Service
Falcon Scott and the plaque
Lloyd Peck's talk
Falcon Scott after dinner with patron Dr David Wilson
Scott 150 Chairman Julie Ellis greets Falcon Scott with Father Silk
Lord Lieutenant Lord Mayor and President of DCPS (in background)