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See also the archive of previous events and the Friends' Lecture series.


Polar Inspiration - An Evening of Short Plays

Monday 13 April 2015, 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Four fully staged short plays written by local writers, inspired by a tour of the Polar Museum. From icebergs to volunteer museum helpers, spirits of the Poles and statues of the brave explorers, characters freezing to death, falling in and out of love, hating and protecting each other. By the end of the evening you will be questioning the ethical, political and personal aspects of the polar expeditions but also find new meanings in a stuffed polar bear or a winter parka.

7:30pm - 8.40pm The Plays

Ice by Jean Reese-Lyons

The Lost Boy by Dave Pescod

This is Water by Rachel Mariner

Cast Out by Trish Rawson

Followed by an optional guided tour of the museum which will last app. 30 minutes. Afterwards you are welcome to stay for a drink and an informal chat with the writers, the cast and the production team.

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george nares

A Victorian Polar Explorer Remembered: Vice-Admiral Sir George Nares

Tuesday 28 April 2015, 6pm - 7pm

The commander of the first steam vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1874, Vice-Admiral Sir George Nares played a pivotal role in Victorian Arctic exploration. The commander of the "Challenger" expedition to the Antarctic in 1874 and the British Arctic Expedition in 1875, when he took charge of the "Discovery" and "Alert" in search of the North Pole. On the centenary of his death, descendent Jerrard Nares will discuss this extraordinary Victorian polar pioneer.

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Little Explorers

Little Explorers

Wednesday 29 April, 20 May, 24 June

10am – 10.45am


Join us on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Please book by emailing stating your child's full name and age.

Hidden Histories

Hidden Histories: Green Museums

A Panel Discussion

Thursday 14 May 2015, 6pm - 7.30pm

Location: The Polar Museum

What do we mean by 'green'? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight.

As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums.

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Ages 16+

Look here for other Museums at Night events across the university museums.

Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton's Cat

A new interactive opera for children aged 7-11 and their families

29th May 2015, 2pm and 30th May 2015, 11.30am & 2pm

English Touring Opera are delighted to be performing their engaging new children's opera at the Polar Museum this May half term. Featuring nine performers including singers and players, Shackleton's Cat tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs and a puppet cat.

Shackleton's Cat is created by ETO's award-winning team: composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer and director Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden, with thanks to the Scott Polar Research Institute for historic information and resources.

Tickets: £5 adults, £4 children. Running time: 1 hour


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