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Why do Shackleton & Scott Matter?

After the success of ‘Penguin Ecology & Biology’ Gilbert White & the Oates collections is gearing up for the second instalment of it’s three part Antarctic lecture Series. On Thursday 30th March at 6:30pm Professor Klaus Dodds will be asking ‘Why do Shackleton & Scott Matter’ in his talk about the British explorers legacies.

Professor Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He is the author of many books on the polar regions including The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2012) and The Scramble for the Poles (Polity 2015).

Captain Robert Scott (1868-1912) and Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922) were understood, by generations of British and Commonwealth citizens, to be explorer-heroes despite their varying fortunes in Antarctica. Over time, a veritable cottage industry has sprung up lionising, evaluating, criticising, and belittling their reputations. Instead Professor Dodds will take you on another journey – where we tackle their hidden legacies – and show how it shapes today’s ‘polar geopolitics’. Along the way, find out what ‘Boaty McBoatface’ was all about !

The talk will take place at the Gilbert White Field Studies Centre and tickets cost £10. On Thursday 27th April the Museum will be rounding up it’s lecture series with a lecture of the Hidden face of Antarctica as Dr. David Vaughn takes his audience below the ices surface. For more information and to book tickets visit click here.