The Worst Journey in the World

A Talk by Sarah Airriess

Institute Associate, University of Cambridge

Hear the story of the Terra Nova Expedition from former Disney animator Sarah Airriess, and learn how she’s adapting one of the classic expedition accounts into a full-colour, cinematic graphic novel.

Sarah is a Canadian-born artist, who has lived in Cambridge since 2014. She spent a great deal of her time perusing the Scott Polar Research Institute in Lensfield Road, to learn about Robert Falcon Scott’s party and their tragic visit to the Antarctic to piece together her graphic Novel.

Sarah Airriess Career

  • 2022 – Published Vol.1 of The Worst Journey in the World: The Graphic Novel
  • 2022 – Designed the “Bringing the Worst Journey in the World to Life” exhibit for the Polar Museum
  • 2019 – Antarctic Artist and Writer (W-223) with the US Antarctic Program, based at McMurdo
  • 2016-present – Guest teacher and mentor with Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 2015-present – Guest teacher at The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark
  • 2014-2022 – Various London animation studios
  • 2013-2014 – Google, assistant animator for Spotlight Stories
  • 2008-2013 – Walt Disney Animation Studios, animator and character designer for films including The Princess and the Frog and Paperman
  • 2002-2007 – Various animated productions in Vancouver, Canada


Herbert Ponting: Explorer and Photographer
10 June – 2 September 2023

After years of taking photographs in America, Japan, other parts of Asia and in Europe, Herbert Ponting became and remains best-known for his work on Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition (1910-3).  This exhibition will be looking at his life and work with photographs from Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, alongside artefacts and research carried out by biographer Anne Strathie.

Exhibition Partner : Lent by the Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Sarah’s book is now available to purchase in The Atkinson’s shop.

The shop team are available to help you find unique items for your home, as well as special gifts for friends & family.

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