Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

September 26, 2021

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London goes South

Royal Navy officer Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) dreamed of being the first to reach the South Pole. On November 1, 1911, he set out with four fellow Antarctic explorers to do just that. They reached the Pole on January 17, 1912 — a month behind his rival Norwegian Roald Amundsen. On their way back, all five British explorers perished. That’s the Robert Falcon Scott story that most people know, but London’s Natural History Museum wants you to know more. Scott’s Last Expedition, on now through September 2, marks the centenary of the South Pole trip and features 200 artifacts used by the British team in combination with rare geological and biological specimens that they brought back, many in bottles, jars and crates. More than 400 of these specimens were new to science. Scott’s boots are on display, as are a pair of seal-skin overshoes and a life-size replica of their main Cape Evans base-camp hut that they shared with 25 other men. Books, games, the expedition gramophone, and even clothes and diaries are inside. The hut stands to this day, and is being restored and preserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Tickets: $14 adults, kids $9, under three free.

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