Baby it’s cold outside: Polar Research Institute

No intrepid adventurer can call himself such if he hasn’t heard of Scott of the Antarctic.  If you want to find out more about him, then Cambridge has a museum where you can do just that: The Scott Polar Research Institute, also known as The Polar Museum. The Polar Museum, you might recall, contributed this amazing object for the Discoveries exhibition at Two Temple Place, the one with the Snow Goggles…

The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum

The Polar Museum has some incredible ceiling art. The Gunnersbury Park Museum had a lovely ceiling, but the Polar Museum blows it out of the water. Check ’em out.

A map of the arctic

A map of the arctic

A map of the Antarctic

A map of the Antarctic

The shape of the dome in the ceiling means that the beautiful paint work needs hardly any conservation work as it isn’t in any sunlight, nor does it suffer from dust-related damage. It’s amazing that such an incredible artwork needs such little maintenance!

Museum Selfie 

Usually, I’m not one to indulge in the whole #selfie phenomenon, but given a dressing up box in a museum, how could I resist? Here I am as a Polar explorer.

Museum Adventurer: Polar Edition

Museum Adventurer: Polar Edition

It got really warm under that furry hat!

As I mentioned before, no adventurer can call himself one if he hadn’t heard of Scott of the Antarctic. I had some previous knowledge of the man, but the museum revealed some astonishing facts, amongst them: Scott’s middle name was Falcon. Incredible.

The museum had some of Scott’s personal affects on display, as well as some letters from his tragic trip to the south pole. Reading the letters was emotionally wrenching, but before I could get too misty-eyed at the sadness of the situation the men found themselves in, I couldn’t help but wonder how these letters were delivered.

It might seem trivial, but surely the whole point in writing the letters was for them to be delivered? I assume a survivor passed them on, but from the way they were displayed, it was just as easy to assume that the Antarctic was riddled with the bright red post-boxes of Royal Mail, serviced by Parka-clad Postmen.

In conclusion, here are some penguins.

An Emperor Penguin with a chick and an egg

An Emperor Penguin with a chick and an egg

Penguin chicks from the Polar Museum

Penguin chicks from the Polar Museum

In case anyone is counting, this visit brings me to a  total of 5 out of the 9 Cambridge University Museums visited.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s