Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole

Lessons from the Arctic: How Roald Amundsen won the race to the South Pole

Sponsored by Royal Norwegian Embassy, Canberra
In association with the Norwegian Honorary Consulate General, Wellington Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Antarctic Society

Date: 01 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Atrium
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Victoria University of Wellington
139 Vivian Street, Te Aro Campus, Wellington

In December 1911, Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag at the South Pole, just weeks ahead of British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott, who was approaching by another route. The tragic loss of the lives of Scott’s team is well known—but how did Amundsen succeed?

This panel exhibition of images and personal accounts reveals how, exploring some of the lessons Amundsen learnt from earlier experience in both polar regions, Amundsen won the race to the South Pole. The rare images were taken by the expedition crew, hand-coloured by Amundsen and used in his 1912 lecture. See what the public saw in those heady days of icy exploration. Fascinating and fresh, this exhibition will surprise and delight.

1–28 February 2018
Open 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday

Please also see our events page for the associated talks listed, all held at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 1, Faculty of Architecture and Design, below:

1 FEB Screening of Amundsen episode from ‘Ten Who Dared’, (1977), narrated by Anthony Quinn. Link to the event.
14 FEB Dr Ursula Rack—Race to the South Pole: A historian’s view. Link to the event.
19 FEB Professors James Renwick and Tim Naish—A race to save the pole: A scientist’s view. Link to the event.
27 FEB Pip Cheshire—The nature of building on the Antarctic continent: An architect’s view

139 Vivian Street
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