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