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The Natural History Museum in London will be hosting a groundbreaking new exhibition in 2012 exploring the captivating story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913, the Terra Nova expedition.
The exhibition goes beyond the familiar tales of the journey to the South Pole and the death of the Polar Party to explore the Terra Nova expedition from different perspectives. It will reveal powerful stories of human endeavour and struggles for survival, and celebrates the expedition's scientific achievements. At the centre of the exhibition will be a stylised representation of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition hut that still survives in Antarctica today.
To commemorate the centenary of the expedition and celebrate its achievements, there is a chance to relive the daily events of the Terra Nova Expedition, as recorded by Robert Falcon Scott in his famous journal. Dividing the text into daily blog entries - combined with a twitter account and RSS feed - and linking to the famous photographs held in the Scott Polar Research Institute, means that the latest communication technology will add an extra dimension to a well known text: the dimension of time. It will follow the expedition's progress day by day, over many months, beginning with its departure from New Zealand, and ending with its tragic and heroic conclusion.
The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge will also be running a series of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary over the next 12 months (spri.cam.ac.uk/museum). You can also watch a video here which includes rare photographs, BBC archive footage of the Antarctic, and interviews with polar historians and scientists. They explore the legacy of Capt Scott's Terra Nova expedition, bringing to life the experiences of the men who took part.
The NHM exhibition opens on 20th January 2012, and further details will be posted in BPH shortly. If you can't wait for this, there is another exhibition entitled "The Heart of the Great Alone" opening in London next month, details which can be found here.
Photo: Installation of Scott's last Expedition at The Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney.
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