Breaking the Ice Gallery Tour
Join Lizzie Meek, Antarctic Heritage Trust Programme Manager – Artefacts, for a tour of our new exhibition Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica.
Antarctic Heritage Trust Programme Manager – Artefacts Lizzie Meek
Produced in partnership with the Trust, Breaking the Ice tells the story of Carsten Borchgrevink’s Southern Cross expedition through objects the expedition members left in their huts at Cape Adare.
Lizzie has been conserving historic objects and buildings in Antarctica with the Trust for more than 10 years. She was part of the Antarctic Heritage Trust team that retrieved the artefacts in Breaking the Ice from the Southern Cross huts in 2015 and has overseen their conservation in New Zealand. She’ll travel with the objects when they are eventually returned to Antarctica.
The Southern Cross expedition was the first to spend a winter in Antarctica. Their huts are of international historic significance as the only example left of humanity’s first dwelling on any continent.
Breaking the Ice showcases scientific equipment, clothing, sledging supplies and uneaten food from the expedition.
Lizzie will run tours at 2.00 pm and 2.30 pm on Saturday 1 June. The tours are free but spaces are limited, so please register below if you are keen to attend.
Please go to the Museum foyer 10 minutes before your tour starts.