Today’s Museum Week theme is heritage, we decided to showcase just some of the aspect of the Museum that represent why the museum is such a heritage treasure as we traverse through the Museum.
Today is the last day of our Butterfly Exhibition, where we celebrated 250years since the first official recording of a Hampshire Butterfly. The Hampshire Branch of the Butterfly Conservation, have been with us throughout March to talk to visitors about the legacy of Butterfly recording and conservation. Hampshire has a fantastic heritage of looking after it’s Butterflies and this in part thanks to Gilbert White!
Our next is perhaps our biggest claim to national heritage, The Natural History of Selborne, commonly thought to be the fourth most published book in the English language! You just have to look around the Great Parlour to get a feel to how important the book is to have gone through so many editions! The Natural History of Selborne has inspired naturalists for generation from Darwin to today!
We love sharing our heritage for the historians of the future, and have thousands of children through our doors! These school children loved learning about what the various kitchen items were used for in our Old Kitchen!
And not forgetting the Oates Collections our celebration of Frank and Lawrence Oates both showcasing incredibly important heritage. The case of Central American birds is the highlight of the Frank Oates gallery and beautiful heritage treasure representing the vast array of beautifully coloured birds the English naturalist Oates would have seen and recorded. Awe-inspiring!
The first thing you see as part of our Lawrence Oates gallery is footage from the Terra Nova expedition by Herbert Ponting, not only is this a fantastic insight into the lives of the men involved with the expedition but also this amazing piece of cinematic history. The Documentary was made to be shown in cinemas around the country in 1910! In the film Ponting quotes Scott saying how much he is looking forward to seeing it there upon the team’s return, quite harrowing considering what came to pass.
Our Antarctic Gallery is often described as very emotive, what I find personally very touching are the personal items salvaged from the tent where Scott, Wilson and Bowers were discovered.
However one of the positive effects the Terra Nova mission had was in helping lay the foundations for Antarctic Science today. We have great links with current Antarctic scientists and we are very proud of our link with it’s heritage.
Tomorrow’s theme is future and we’re looking forward to sharing with you our plans for sharing our heritage to future visitors and generations.