Prestwich Model 5 cinematographic camera, used by Mr Herbert Ponting to document Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic Expedition, 1910.
This Prestwich Model 5 Kinema Camera, one of two cine cameras used by Ponting during the Antarctic Expedition (the other was a Newman Sinclair). Prestwich bought the camera back from Ponting when the photographer returned to England in late 1912, and in August 1928 presented it to the South Kensington Museum in London.
Ponting was a well known freelance photographer, travelling extensively in Asia and submitting photographs to Harper’s, Cosmopolitan and Strand magazine among other publications. His skill with a still camera led him to be recommended for the Terra Nova expedition by dog handler Cecil Mears, and it was Scott himself who suggested that Ponting add a cine camera to his expedition kit.