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Robert Falcon Scott: A Century On

Robert Falcon Scott: A Century On

The Polar Museum
17 October 2012 – 12 January 2013

Scott in sledging gear by Herbert Ponting (SPRI ref P2005/5/369)The Polar Museum will conclude this year's Scott centenary programme with a special exhibition exploring Captain Scott's personal legacy through his family, his professional inspiration to the Royal Navy, and his important role in developing and enhancing Antarctic science, exploration and art. The wider cultural legacy associated with Captain Scott, as it has evolved over the last century, will be revealed through art, popular culture, radio, film, theatre and television.

The exhibition will put a selection of the 'lost' photographs of Captain Scott on display for the first time. These were acquired by the Scott Polar Research Institute in the Spring of 2012, with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and help from donors including the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Staples Trust.

These photographs, thought missing for most of the 20th century, will be exhibited ten at a time and changed fortnightly throughout the exhibition.

Guest contributors include Sir David Attenborough, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Falcon Scott (grandson of Captain Scott), David Wilson (great nephew of Dr Edward Wilson) and Professor Susan Solomon. A wide range of specialists and experts in their field of endeavour will offer their personal thoughts and comments on the legacy of Scott. The exhibition concludes with a section on the recent Commemorative Service at St Paul's Cathedral, entitled 'Britain Reclaims its Antarctic Heroes'. A cultural programme will accompany the exhibition.

Since 2010, the public's knowledge and understanding of Scott has been transformed as they have learned more about the man, his personality, life and achievements. Robert Falcon Scott: A Century On will consolidate this new appreciation of Captain Scott and the pivotal role of his life and death in British and Commonwealth history.

In 2010, on the anniversary of Terra Nova's departure from Cardiff, the Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum was reopened following a transformational upgrade. This was the first of many events and exhibitions, around the world, that have commemorated Captain Scott and his South Pole companions, and the achievements of the Terra Nova Expedition. Our recent exhibition, These Rough Notes: Captain Scott's Last Expedition, resulted in the largest number of visitors, per month, in the history of the museum.

We are holding a series of events to accompany this exhibition as part of our cultural events programme. Follow the link to find out more. Cultural Events Programme: The Legacy of Scott