Film captures RRS Discovery's unique voyage to mark NERC's 50th anniversary celebrations

27 November 2015

A new film commemorates the RRS Discovery's historic passage to London, celebrating half a century of ground-breaking environmental science.

Dicovery passing through Tower Bridge

RRS Discovery makes a dramatic entrance through Tower Bridge

NERC's 50th anniversary celebrations in October saw Discovery travel up the Thames, from its base at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, for a series of events in the capital.

Making a dramatic journey under Tower Bridge, the ship moored alongside HMS Belfast for seven days.

Now the spectacle can be enjoyed by all in a new film by former-BBC journalist David Martin.

David, of Impact Media Specialists, said:

It's not every day you get to film Tower Bridge opening for you from the bow of a 100 metre research ship. My two days on board Discovery filming crew and scientists is an experience I'll never forget.

It's not until you spend a bit of time with researchers that you begin to understand the huge range of research information that Discovery delivers, from tidal power to climate change. Filming in stormy waters is challenging; there were times when I wished I had a third arm! I'm hoping NERC will invite me to spend more time on-board sometime, documenting some of the really important research that will protect the planet.

NERC was formed by Royal Charter in 1965 to promote and support the best strategic and applied environmental science, to advance knowledge and technology, and provide knowledge and expertise for the benefit of society.

Further information

Mary Goodchild
NERC media office
01793 411939