Celebration of the Life & Legacy of Captain Scott
Pen Hadow is to host a special dinner on Wednesday, 28 March in London, organised by Geo Mission, to celebrate the life and legacy of Capt Robert Falcon Scott CVO RN, who died in his tent on 29 March exactly 100 years earlier, on his return from the South Pole during his Terra Nova expedition.
Amongst the x16 guests will be leaders from British industry and polar experts whom Pen has got to know through his exploration work in recent times. Between courses Pen will share his thoughts and insights into Scott’s final days, his expedition’s achievements, and the future he continues to inspire.
Pen’s lifelong family connection with the Scott family has give him a strong personal affinity for all that Scott strived to achieve with scientific exploration.
For example, as you may know, in his final, unsigned letter to his wife, Kathleen, Scott wrote:
“… You see I am anxious for you and the boy’s future. Make the boy interested in natural history if you can, it is better than games; they encourage it at some schools. I know you will keep him out in the open air.”
And: “… Don’t be too proud to accept help for the boy’s sake; he ought to have a fine career and do something in the world.”
That ‘boy’, aged 3 at the time of his father’s writing, was Peter, who went on to become Sir Peter Scott who co-created the world’s largest membership organisation to conserve the natural world – the WWF.
Kathleen’s special regime was later applied to Pen Hadow too as a youngster, by the same lady (then in her teens) employed by Kathleen to nurture Peter! No wonder Pen found himself prepared and propelled into the polar regions in later life!