Behind the scenes

Creating the exhibition

To commemorate the centenary of British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott's 1910-1913 Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica, the Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand), Natural History Museum, London and Canterbury Museum (New Zealand), collaborated to create a major international travelling exhibition that would tell the definitive story of Scott’s last expedition.

At the time of the Terra Nova expedition, there were still many unanswered questions about Antarctica. Scott brought with him the largest team of scientists that had ever visited the continent in an attempt to find the answers. The expedition returned with crates, jars and bottles containing thousands of zoological and geological specimens. They also collected a rich record of data, fundamentally contributing to what is now known about the continent.

This exhibition reunited for the first time real objects used by Scott and his team together with the scientific specimens collected on the expedition. Visitors were also able to enter a life-sized representation of the base-camp hut at Cape Evans. Central to the hut experience was an interactive replica of the wardroom table sponsored by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.

Scott’s Last Expedition toured for two years during 2011-2013 and showed at three prestigious museums, premiering at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney before opening at the Natural History Museum, London and Canterbury Museum, New Zealand.

This website was created as a lasting record of the exhibition. We invite you to discover the extraordinary expedition that sparked a legacy which continues to resonate in the public’s imagination more than a 100 years later.