[The White continent]

United Kingdom, 1951

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In late 1949, a joint expedition planned by the Governments of Britain, Norway and Sweden left for Queen Maude Land on the Antarctic continent - this was to be the first truly international expedition to the Antarctic. The film covers the first stage of the journey, from departure point in Europe to the establishment of the base camps and later withdrawal of the ship’s party, leaving the groups of scientists to their study of the unknown world of ice and snow. Photography by Tom Stobart.


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Crown Film Unit







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Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Antarctica

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Antarctica - Discovery and exploration

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Explorers - Antarctica


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → International cooperation

History → Antarctica - History

History → Explorers - Antarctica

History → Great Britain - History - 20th century

History → History

History → Norway - History

History → Sweden - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Scientific expeditions

Places → Antarctica

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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