Rare Antarctic Artefacts on Display
Created by Antarctic Heritage Trust in partnership with Canterbury Museum, Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica is the public’s only chance to see items left behind by Carsten Borchgrevink’s Southern Cross and Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expeditions in two huts at Cape Adare.
The artefacts were painstakingly conserved in a Canterbury Museum laboratory by an Antarctic Heritage Trust team of international experts. Under the government permit required to remove the items from Antarctica, they must be returned to the huts following their temporary removal for conservation.
Objects in the exhibition are predominantly from Borchgrevink’s 1898–1900 Southern Cross expedition, and include scientific equipment, clothing and sledging supplies.
A century-old fruitcake and a watercolour of a Treecreeper bird painted by Dr Edward Wilson, who died alongside Scott, will also feature. News of their rediscovery during conservation was covered worldwide with more than 2,500 stories published on the fruitcake and painting.
An online version of the exhibition is available to view here.