As viewers of The Antiques Roadshow will know, we hold a tin of cocoa in our archive that is believed to have been found in the tent of Robert Falconer Scott (or Scott of the Antarctic) after his death. A lot of people assume that Scott and his fellow explorers died because they had completely run out of food on their journey, but Scott’s diaries tell a different story. The team are believed to have had two tins of cocoa left, but they ran out of fuel to melt snow to mix with it. Eating the cocoa powder raw would have been impossible, and very dehydrating. This is probably why the tin returned to its makers unopened. Workers at the Rowntree’s factory in York, where the tin had been made, had supported Scott financially on his expeditions, so we think that the tin was returned to them as a thank you.