Breaking The Ice

Carsten Borchgrevink | Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

The huts built by Borchgrevnik’s party at Cape Adare | Photo: Antarctic Heritage Trust

Breaking The Ice

The Canterbury Museum in Christchurch has a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition that’s a must-see for anyone with an interest in Antarctica. Created by the team behind Antarctic Heritage Trust in partnership with Canterbury Museum, Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica allows the public to see items such as a fruitcake and a watercolour painting left behind in two Antarctic expeditions: Carsten Borchgrevink’s one aboard the Southern Cross, and Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova.

After a lengthy and painstakingly process to conserve the artefacts, the items were held in a Canterbury Museum laboratory by a team of international experts from the Antarctic Heritage Trust. As well as the opportunity to look at objects that were used during the expeditions, the exhibition also has a historical element to it with the chance to learn about those who led them and where they were sailing from. Don't miss the chance to observe a selection of famous artefacts from the first buildings in Antarctica.

Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica


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