The original negatives of more than 1,000 images of the Antarctic have been bought by the University of Cambridge.
Herbert Ponting chronicled the expedition to the South Pole
The photographs by Herbert Ponting, depict Captain Robert Scott's 1910-1912 expedition and will be shown in 2005.
"Ponting's photographs of Antarctica remain among the most evocative images ever taken of the continent", said Professor Julian Dowdeswell.
The university's Scott Polar Research Institute purchased the images with a £533,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The photographs capture the splendour of the landscape, but also chronicle the scientific work and day-to-day life of the expedition.
The archive consists of the original glass-plate negatives of the photographs, stored in the original wooden boxes that Herbert Ponting used to carry them back from the expedition.
Robyn Greenblatt, regional manager for the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: "The images create an iconic link to one of the best known expeditions in British history, and will be a great asset for local people and visitors alike."