Royalty opens new Scott exhibition

20 January 2012

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attended the opening of Scott's Last Expedition, the Natural History Museum's new exhibition, last night.

Scott's Last Expedition - in the gallery

Scott's Last Expedition - in the gallery

Sir David Attenborough was there too and they both got the first glimpse of the exhibition that explores Scott's landmark Terra Nova expedition of 1910-1913.

It was 100 years ago that Scott and his polar party arrived at the South Pole. They did not make it home but the team certainly left a legacy.

Visitors find out about the many amazing tales of human endurance. For example, the notorious Winter Journey to Cape Crozier to collect emperor penguin eggs - temperatures dropped so low that the men's sleeping bags were constantly frozen. 

Scott's Last Expedition gallery

The exhibition reunites for the first time real objects used by Scott and his team together with scientific specimens collected on the expedition - 40,000 of these specimens are looked after by the Museum and studied by scientists worldwide.

Visitors can also experience what everyday life was like with the life-size representation of the hut, which still survives in Antarctica today. 

Captain Scott's grandson Falcon Scott is helping conserve Scott's hut in Antarctica

Scott's grandson Falcon Scott is helping conserve the hut in Antarctica - it is the first time he has been to the expedition base. © Antarctic Heritage Trust, nzaht.org

The wooden hut at Cape Evans was home for 20 men as well as having a photographic darkroom, laboratories and space for cooking.

And today, Captain Robert Falcon Scott's only grandson, Falcon Scott, is helping conserve the Antarctic base camp with a specialist conservation team. 

He is visiting for the first time and gave an interview in the Antarctic conservation blog. 'I spent an hour on my own in the hut,' says Scott, 'just soaking up the atmosphere. It was magical and personally a very emotional experience.'

Scott's Last Expedition exhibition is open to the public from 20 January to 2 September 2012.

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