International partnership to explore historic polar expedition in a landmark touring exhibition

Press release - 24 January 2010

Scott’s Last Expedition launches in Sydney, June 2011

One hundred years after its infamous conclusion, a partnership between the Natural History Museum, London, Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) and Canterbury Museum, New Zealand will come together to tell the definitive story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica.

Scott’s Last Expedition will bring together for the first time rare scientific specimens collected on the expedition with real 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.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a stylised representation of Scott’s hut that still survives in Antarctica today. 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, many of which are displayed for the first time.

The Natural History Museum’s Louise Emerson, responsible for the exhibition, said, ‘Scott’s Terra Nova expedition has made an enduring contribution to our knowledge of Antarctica, much of which is being advanced today by the exhibition partners. In marking the expedition’s centenary, the partnership between the Natural History Museum, Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) and Canterbury Museum will pull together our unique perspectives to explore what lives on.’

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 finally the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand in November 2012.

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Notes for editors

  • Scott’s Last Expedition is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, London, Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) and Canterbury Museum, New Zealand.
  • Winner of Visit London’s 2009 Best London for Free Experience Award, the Natural History Museum is also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in over 68 countries.