The expedition is the brainchild of Tim and Alice Holmes. Alice is one of the granddaughters of Sir James Wordie, the ‘Endurance‘ expeditions geologist.
The 2015 Expedition is not just about adventure and commemorating the heroic feats of a hundred years ago. It will ensure it leaves a lasting legacy.
Besides commemorating the heroes of ‘Endurance’, the expedition also aims to raise funds for the preservation and publication of the reasearch data and other historical papers relating to the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition of 1914 - 1916. This will ensure their availability to future generations, and further the interests of polar research. This will also involve the digitisation of important papers that will be made available through a web based archive.
In 1959, at the age of seventy, Sir James Wordie decided to generously donate his vast collection of books and other papers on the Polar Regions to two institutions. Most, over 4,600 of them, went to the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh, where they can still be found to this day: Link to National Library of Scotland
Some of his material on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1916, is to be found at the Scott Polar Research Institute, S.P.R.I., in Cambridge, England: Link to James Wordie Archives.
Other original documents are currently held in the library of St. John's College Cambridge and in other family owned collections.