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Amundsen and Scott: Lives Explored

Amundsen and Scott: Lives ExploredamundsenScott

Saturday, 29 October 2011

SPRI Lecture Theatre


10:15 Registration and coffee
10:30 Introduction by Bryan Lintott

Amundsen the Explorer Susan Barr, Historian, Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway

11:40 Interpreting Amundsen Bryan Lintott, Exhibitions Officer, SPRI
12:10 Panel discussion
12:30 Lunch
13:30 The correspondence of Con and Kathleen Scott Heather Lane, Librarian and Keeper, SPRI
14:10 Adventure is just bad planning: the representation of Amundsen and Scott through film
Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film, BFI
15:10 Comfort break
15:20 Final panel discussion (all speakers)
15:45 Close
16:25 Museum reopens
16:30 Participants are invited to join Museum staff for the Cambridge launch of the new facsimile of South Polar Times IV
18:00 Museum closes

Speakers' biographies

Susan Barr has worked with Norwegian polar history and cultural heritage since 1979, first as Cultural Heritage Officer for Svalbard and Jan Mayen, followed by 16 years at the Norwegian Polar Institute. She is currently Senior Advisor in Polar Matters at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. This year she is on special leave to work at the Fram Museum, Oslo. She is Founding President of the ICOMOS Polar Heritage Committee, a Vice President of the International Arctic Science Committee and has a number of other polar appointments. She has extensive field experience in the polar areas and has written a number of books on polar subjects. will explore the representation of Amundsen's professional life as an explorer, from her perspective as historian at the newly refurbished Fram Museum (reopened by the King of Norway on Oct 10, 2011). She is currently preparing another new exhibition, to commemorate the centenary of Amundsen's achievement of the South Pole and with plans for a new wing of the museum housing Amundsen's Gjøa from his expedition through the Northwest Passage.

Bryony Dixon has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film and co-directs the annual British Silent Film Festival, as well as programming for a variety of film festivals and events worldwide. She co-edits the series of books arising from the British Silent Film Festival with Laraine Porter of De Montfort University. She programmes and gives papers at academic conferences. Publications include Picture Perfect: Landscape, Place and Travel in British Cinema before 1930 (University of Exeter, 2007) and several articles and book chapters on silent cinema and archiving. Her book 100 Silent Films, in the BFI Screen Guides series, is scheduled for publication in 2011. Intrigued by Amundsen's words that 'Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck' Dixon invites us to consider the representation of Amundsen and Scott through film and still images.

Heather Lane trained at the British Library. Her research interests include classification theory, particularly facet analytical theory. She is a member of the UK Classification Research Group. After obtaining a post-graduate qualification in Library and Information Studies in Aberystwyth, her professional career has been based in Cambridge, where she worked first as Assistant Librarian at Gonville and Caius College and then as Librarian of Sidney Sussex College. In 2005, she was awarded the English Speaking Union/CILIP Travelling Librarian Award. As Keeper of Collections at SPRI, she has been closely involved in the development of the Polar Museum, which reopened in June 2010. In preparation for the forthcoming publication of letters between Scott and his wife Kathleen, she examines the pleasures and pitfalls of presenting personal correspondence and considers how Scott's reputation has been influenced by his own writing.

Bryan Lintott has been involved with Antarctic heritage since he was 12, when he helped conserve an Antarctic DC3 aircraft at Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. At school he was in 'Shackleton House', as both Scott and Shackleton had once stayed near by, and his uncle, a structural engineer for Antarctica New Zealand, rebuilt Scott Base. Bryan was Heritage Curator of the Arts of Christchurch, the former site of the University of Canterbury, then Director of Ferrymead before moving to Britain in 2008. A former Churchill Fellow and President of ICOMOS New Zealand, he is currently undertaking a PhD, 'Scott's and Shackleton's Antarctic Huts: Heritage Entities and Geopolitical Markers'. He is an 'expert member' the ICOMOS Polar Heritage Committee. He is currently Exhibitions Officer at the Scott Polar Research Institute. In light of the Polar Museum mounting the first British exhibition on Roald Amundsen, Bryan will share the research, interpretation and design concepts underpinning the current displays. He will discuss the challenges of creating an exhibition that goes beyond Amundsen as great polar explorer to present an image of a complex personality embedded within the cultural memories of both Norway and Great Britain.