3 February, 2012

To mark the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott a number of public exhibitions are taking place in London and Plymouth.


Landscapes of Exploration

Landscapes of Exploration at the Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth opens on 11 February and showcases art from the British Antarctic Survey Artists and Writers programme, 2001 – 2009. Curated by Liz Wells from University of Plymouth, the exhibit features ten visual artists, one musician and three writers who had residencies in the Antarctic between 2001 and 2009, under the auspices of British Antarctic Survey in partnership with Arts Council England.

The exhibition brings together for the first time art resulting from the various artistic investigations, offering an opportunity to reflect upon the very different subject matter, media and responses evident in the range of work produced. Contributors include: Anne Brodie, Melanie Challenger, Layla Curtis, Chris Dobrowolski, Chris Drury, Simon Faithfull, Neville Gable, Keith Grant, Philip Hughes, John Kelly, Jon McGregor, Jean McNeil, Craig Vear and David Wheeler.

Plymouth was the birth place of Scott and a number of public events remember his epic expedition – see Scott 100 Plymouth.

  • Free exhibition.
  • Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday from 11 February – 31 March 2012.


Scott’s Last expedition

Scott’s Last Expedition at the Natural History Museum in London explores the captivating story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica in 1910–1913, onboard the Terra Nova. The exhibition features rare artefacts used by Scott’s team and scientific specimens, appearing together for the first time, alongside a life-sized representation of Scott’s hut that survives in Antarctica. Scott’s Last Expedition marks the centenary of Scott reaching the South Pole and his tragic death.

  • Open from 10am – 5.50pm every day until 2 September 2012.
  • Adults £9, Child and concessions £5.50, Family £26, School groups £3 per pupil, Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under. Tickets on sale now

With Scott to the Pole: the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–1913

With Scott to the Pole at the Royal Geographical Society in London offers a thought-provoking exhibition that combines some of the finest polar photography by the official expedition photographer, Herbert Ponting. A digital gallery illustrates the way in which Scott’s most important legacy, the beginning of scientific research in Antarctica, reflects itself in the scientific research being carried out in polar areas today. It also showcases examples of the achievements and work being carried out today by the British Antarctic Survey along with other international initiatives supported via UK universities and by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) through its grants programme.

  • Free exhibition.
  • Open 10am – 5pm Monday to Friday until 30 March 2012.