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The Centenary Statue for Scott and Wilson in Kirriemiur was unveiled in Glen Prosen on Saturday 8th December 2012 by Falcon Scott and David Wilson. The Trust is delighted to have supported this monument which was instigated by Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council. Other contributors include Breedon Aggregates of Aberdeenshire (who donated the granite) and the Angus Environmental Trust (through the Landfill Communities Fund).
Local sculptor Bruce Walker was commissioned to design and carve the granite which is 10 feet tall and weighs around 15 tonnes. The design includes life-size figures of Captain Scott and Dr Wilson, penguins, huskies, Siberian ponies, a globe depicting their route from New Zealand to the Pole and impressions of two famous drawings made by Wilson during the expedition. Also included in the sculpture are two pieces of text, one written by Wilson describing the beauty of Antarctica and the other taken from Scott’s last letter, written as he lay dying in his tent on the way back from the Pole.
More on the background here.
Bruce Pearson's 'Troubled Waters' exhibition runs for less than a week - Monday 26th November to Saturday 1st December and is open 10am - 5.30pm daily at Art Galleries Europe, 18 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PL. The exhibition can also be viewed online at: www.brucepearson.net
After trailing a few times across the remote Southern Ocean on and off over the past 35 years, my journey in the wake of the albatross is just about over. The world’s great oceans are largely beyond most people’s experience and imagination. Living and working with wandering, grey-headed, black-browed albatrosses on South Georgia and Bird Island 35 years ago I assembled a huge folio of drawings and paintings from life. But in recent years I began to realize that archive represented a turning point in the fortunes of these remarkable birds. I was able to return a few times more recently to South Georgia and the Southern Ocean - and was shocked by what I found. Wanting to witness the collision of seabirds and fishermen on the open ocean, I worked with BirdLife International to gain extraordinary access to the work of the Albatross Task Force, last year joining the crew of a longline fishing boat, and a trawler, off the coast of South Africa. The result of combining these three main elements of the albatross story spread over my lifetime, is the forthcoming Troubled Waters book and exhibition. The aim throughout has been to engage readers and exhibition visitors in an experience both visceral and compelling; one that offers insights into our understanding of the oceans, and which inspires new engagement and identification with an extraordinarily urgent conservation crisis.
‘Alps to Antarctica’ Exhibition
At the Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QF Tel: 020 7613 0755
Exhibition open until Christmas, Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-5pm, non members by prior arrangement please.
Rowan Huntley is an Artist from Wales who specialises in snowy, mountain landscapes and glaciers. The European Alps and Greenland feature in her work and she is extremely fortunate to have travelled twice to Antarctica.
Rowan was the first ever recipient of the Artist’s Residency awarded by the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute in association with the British Royal Navy. Rowan’s passion for painting all things icy highlights not only the raw beauty of these fragile landscapes but also the huge importance of their conservation. www.rowanhuntley.co.uk
The discovery of the SS Terra Nova by the Schmidt Ocean Institute off the coast of Greenland is an important addition to Britain’s exciting story of Antarctic involvement.
“Britain has a long and distinguished history of exploration and scientific endeavour in Antarctica”, says Rachel Morgan, Director of the UKAHT, “from Captain Cook’s circumnavigation in 1773 right up to the present day”.
“The Terra Nova is an iconic part of Britain’s Antarctic heritage and was a critical part of one of the most famous expeditions in British history. As such, we welcome Schmidt Ocean’s discovery of her exact location”.
The UKAHT responds to Google Earth's 3D panoramas of Antarctic historic huts.
Rachel Morgan, Director of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, says:
“We welcome Google Earth’s new panoramas as an opportunity for greater numbers of people to learn more about Antarctic heritage, both in Britain and around the world”.
“Today, in the centenary year of his expedition to the South Pole, Scott's hut still stands as testament to the spirit of adventure, stoicism and bravery with which he and his men faced their time in Antarctica and, as such, it should be treasured by the international community along with Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds”.
The memorial to Scott and Wilson in Kirriemiur is quickly taking shape. Wilson the Globe, two huskies and Scott's face are all now clearly visible as they are being carved out of 40 tonnes of granite!
The Trust is delighted to be supporting this plan. More on this story here.
The party at Cape Evans had to endure the winter not knowing the exact fate of Scott and his four companions - they were sure they must have perished out on the Barrier. Nor did they know how the six men of the Northern party fared - where were they? were they alive? It would be months before they were to find out about either. The winter is most easily read about in Apsley Cherry-Garrard's 'The Worst Journey in the World'.
- Hampshire, the Oates Museum in Hampshire has opened its newly re-furbished Galleries
- London, Natural History Museum, Scott’s Last Expedition (the centrepiece of the exhibition, the ward room table). You can also watch some of the film material that is shown as part of the NHM exhibit.
- York Royal Dragoon Guards Museum, Captain L.E.G.Oates: the Gallant Gentleman
You can see more details of of these and all the other exhibitions underway at www.scott100.org
Philippa Foster Back OBE, Chairman of the Trust receive the award from the Socie
We have an all new look newsletter. Bergy Bits has now been re-named The Antarctic Times (not everyone knows what a Bergy Bit is!). We were thrilled to find that noone else that has used the title Antarctic Times so we have. Do let us know if you know differently. Our Friends of Antarctica have had a copy posted to them. But you can read it online here.
Vale of Glamorgan Festival
Composer Craig Vear will premiere his new piece of work at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.The piece entitled 'Three Last Letters (In memoriam of Cpt. Scott, Dr.Wilson and Lt Bowers)' will premiere at Art Central, Barry on Monday 7th May 2012. Celebrating the centenary of the Terra Nova expedition, it has particular resonance in Wales having set off originally from Cardiff. To support Craig and for the chance to receive an exclusive invitation to the performance please click here.