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Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica

Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter.

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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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Bucchero or Black Glaze? Know Your Ancient Ceramics

Wed, 30 Mar 2022

Etruscan bucchero is a type of ceramic tableware produced in central Italy between the 7th and 5th centuries BCE. It is characterised by a dark grey or black clay that is burnished to create a highly polished surface that is thought, by some scholars, to emulate metal.

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A Birthday Present for Wee Jessie

Fri, 11 Mar 2022

This tiny wooden stool was made 171 years ago for a 3-year-old’s birthday.

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When Evolution Springs a Surprise

Wed, 16 Mar 2022

Some of the animals in Fur, Fangs and Feathers are not what they appear to be.

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