This summer, you'll start hearing a lot more from us on the subject of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's groundbreaking Terra Nova expedition to Antartica in 1910-1913.
Scott's Last Expedition is our big exhibition opening in January 2012 and we're very excited about this it. The exhibition will show original items that Scott and the rest of the team brought to Antarctica and scientific specimens they collected. The exhibition comes to us from the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Australia, where it opens this June.
Adventurer Ben Fogle in Scott's Hut as it is today, appearing in the BBC Two documentary on Sunday, 17 April, 8.00 pm
But ahead of this, all Scott fans should catch a fascinating documentary this weekend, The Secrets of Scott's Hut on BBC Two. The programme airs at 8.00 on Sunday, 17 April, and follows adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle on his intrepid journey across frozen wastes with an international team of conservationists to preserve Scott's hut on the remote Cape Evans in Antarctica.
For the documentary, Ben Fogle was given exclusive access to Scott’s hut. He spent a few weeks in the hut with the other conservationists, working and living as Scott did under extreme conditions. Part of their mission was to restore Scott’s weather beaten hut and its artefacts, without disturbing the past.
Captain Scott (centre) and group of expedition members on return of the Southern Party, 13 April 1911. Image courtesy: H Ponting photograph, Pennell collection, Canterbury Museum NZ, 1975.289.28
'Captain Robert Falcon Scott has been a hero of mine since before I can remember,” says Ben Fogle. 'So many books have been written about his race to the South Pole in 1911, but a century on all this new information is coming to light. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to see a part of Scott’s world that’s been lost for 100 years and to learn more about the man I’ve idolised for most of my life.'
Outside 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
In our forthcoming exhibition, visitors will be able to explore the many captivating stories of the Terra Nova expedition, Scott’s last, to Antarctica, including the enthralling journey to the South Pole. But the exhibition also goes beyond this famous tale and explores other aspects of the expedition. Visitors will get close to many of the rare original artefacts that Scott and his team used.
Our exhibition commemorates the centenary of the expedition and celebrates its achievements.
Scott's Last Expedition is a touring exhibition opening in Sydney in 2011 and arriving in the UK in January 2012. It goes on to New Zealand in November 2012 after closing here at the Natural History Museum in London. Scott's Last Expedition is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, London; Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand); and Canterbury Museum, New Zealand.