Breaking The Ice

The Cantebury Museum in Christchurch is being treated to a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition come May 18. 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 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
May 18

Image credit:
Cape Adare – The huts built by Borchgrevnik’s party at Cape Adare. Antarctic Heritage Trust