Amundsen Exhibition 'Lessons from the Arctic'

Amundsen Exhibition 'Lessons from the Arctic'

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Event type: Exhibitions and Performances

1-28 Feb 2018 from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm 1st Feb 2018 9:00am 28th Feb 2018 5:00pm

HOW ROALD AMUNDSEN WON THE RACE TO THE SOUTH POLE

In December 1911, Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, just weeks ahead of British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who was approaching by another route. The tragic loss of the lives of Scott’s team is well known—but how did Amundsen succeed?

This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions, Amundsen won the race to the South Pole. The rare images were taken by the expedition crew, hand-coloured by Amundsen and used in his 1912 lecture. See what the public saw in those heady days of icy exploration. Fascinating and fresh, this exhibition will surprise and delight.

ASSOCIATED PUBLIC TALKS

6pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Faculty of Architecture and Design

  • 1 FEB Screening of Amundsen episode from ‘Ten Who Dared’, (1977), narrated by Anthony Quinn
  • 14 FEB Dr Ursula Rack—Race to the South Pole: A historian’s view
  • 19 FEB Professors James Renwick and Tim Naish—A race to save the pole: A scientist’s view
  • 27 FEB Pip Cheshire—The nature of building on the Antarctic continent: An architect’s view

Sponsored by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Canberra

In association with the Norwegian Honorary Consulate General, Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Antarctic Society

A FRAM MUSEUM EXHIBITION