Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Antarctica exhibition

'Next Stop Antarctica: Dunedin's Role in Polar Exploration' is the latest exhibition at the Reed Gallery, Dunedin City Library, which runs until 2 December.

This year marks hundred years since the death of Robert Falcon Scott and his party during the ill-fated 'Terra Nova' Expedition. This mission was the second of Scott's Antarctic ventures to depart from Port Chalmers, New Zealand. This location has maintained a connection to the exploration of the Antarctica.

Ref: AWNS-19370331-52-5, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Displayed in the exhibition are more than sixty items from five local institutions. Including: the first editions of printed books; a presentation copy of The South Polar Times given by Sir Ernest Shackleton to the Arctic explorer Sir Allen Young; handwritten and typed letters; issues of Little America Times and the Antarctic News Bulletin; photographs; artefacts (most notably Scott's typewriter) and memorabilia relating to the American explorer Richard E. Byrd. Find out more about the exhibition.

Ref: AWNS-19170222-35-2, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Resources at Auckland Libraries relating to Scott and the expedition include the following: a letter about Scott's family (MS 176), photographs (Heritage Images) and numerous books about Scott and his expeditions.
Ref: 35-R345. Sir George Grey Special Collections
  

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