On the anniversary of the departure of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition from Lyttelton, the Natural History Museum, London, Antarctic Heritage Trust and Canterbury Museum, New Zealand have announced a partnership to present a major commemorative exhibition.
Scott’s Last Expedition will tell the definitive story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica, bringing together for the first time rare scientific specimens collected on the expedition and artefacts used by Scott and his team. By combining the historical, scientific and polar expertise of the partners, the exhibition will go beyond the familiar tales of the journey to the Pole and the death of the Polar party to explore the Terra Nova expedition from every angle.
Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright said, “The complementary strengths of the three organisations involved in the development of this exhibition allows a real depth of knowledge to be presented along with incredible artefacts that have never before been available to the public in such a way.”
At the centre of the exhibition will be a stylised representation of Scott’s hut, which is part of conservation project undertaken in Antarctica today by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. The exhibit will give visitors a sense of everyday realities for expedition members, their scientific investigations and powerful stories of human endeavour and survival through original artefacts, some of which will be on display for the first time.
Scott’s Last Expedition opens at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney in June 2011. It moves to the Natural History Museum, London in January 2012, and returns to Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand in November 2012.
Image: The Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans as it is today. It was erected by Scott and his British Antarctic Expedition team in 1911. © New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust