Date: 16 Feb 2012
A new gallery, celebrating the life of Antarctic explorer Captain Lawrence Oates, will officially open on Saturday 10th March 2012 at 11:00am to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.
Captain Oates was a member of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole (1911-12) and is remembered as the fearless Antarctic hero who, as conditions worsened on the return journey from the South Pole after been beaten to the Pole by Norwegian Roald Amundsen, walked from a tent into a blizzard with the words “I am just going outside and may be some time”.
The exhibition will be opened by Ed Parker, co-founder of the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’, and Bryan Oates, great nephew to Captain Lawrence Oates and Patron of the Museum. Ed Parker recently organised and took part in the ‘Walking with the Wounded’ North Pole Expedition Team. On Saturday 16 April 2011, the team skied into the record books, as they became the first team of unsupported war-wounded amputees to reach the Geographical North Pole. He is now planning an expedition to the South Pole in 2013.
The new galleries provide a fascinating insight into Lawrence Oates and an innovative approach to learning more about the Scott expedition and its scientific legacy, including information about modern day science carried out by British Antarctic Survey researchers.
This ambitious project has been enabled by funding from a ‘Your Heritage’ Heritage Lottery Fund grant with match funding from the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, together with further contributions from a variety of charitable trusts and individual donations.