Shining a light on Scott

Scott's Last Expedition exhibition opens

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
Nigel Watson
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

HUT BOUND: Antarctica Heritage Trust director Nigel Watson and Canterbury Museum director Anthony Wright check out some of the century-old artefacts in the new exhibition.

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The struggles for survival, the science and the strength of human endurance in Antarctica are being showcased in an international exhibition opening at Canterbury Museum today.

Scott's Last Expedition tells the story of British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova expedition that left Lyttelton on November 26, 1910.

Museum director Anthony Wright said the exhibition aimed to go beyond the familiar tales of Scott's journey to the South Pole and death of the polar party to explore the expedition from every angle. "It's not to paint Scott as the hero or the villain but to show what they did or didn't achieve while they were down there."

At the centre of the exhibit is a life-size representation of inside Scott's Cape Evans expedition base. It combines photographs, artefacts and displays to give people a sense of the "everyday realities" for the expedition's members.

Wright said stepping inside the hut, which is nine metres by 17m, was the closest most people would ever get to the actual hut. He hoped people would get a sense for Scott as a person, learn about the rest of the polar party and the the science Scott's party was doing. The exhibition, which runs from today until June 30, 2013, is a partnership between Canterbury Museum, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and London's Natural History Museum.

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