The “Cold Recall: Reflections of a polar explorer”
exhibition gives an insight on the Norwegian explorer’s journey
to the South Pole. The exhibition is on display from the 28th of November and was secured as a load from the Fram Museum in Oslo.
The exhibition is hosted by the Dahl Gallery within the Norwegian Church Arts Centre
in Cardiff Bay.
The main goal of the exhibition is to show visitors an insight on Roald Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. Lantern slides illustrate the challenges and the daily life of the 20th century’s arctic explorers. Amundsen used the coloured slides during his lecture about his life and how he reached the South Pole, held at Park Hall in Cardiff.
The bits of text and images displayed in the Dahl Gallery represent only one third of the original exhibition containing 64 panels. The 20 selected panels tell the story of Roald Amundsen himself, how he gained experience and how he worked with the inuits.
The panels are divided in sections and each section illustrates one aspect of Amundsen’s life as an explorer. They explain why he wanted to put the expedition together, how the crew was selected, the journey to the South Pole and their arrival at the destination.
Tony Burnell is the Norwegian Church Officer for the Arts Centre. According to him, the final section is the most interesting in the exhibition. The section is made up from four panels show the feelings of the pioneers on the evening before reaching the final destination.
“The final section which has four panels which I find the most touching really. It explains how they felt on the evening of December 13th knowing that the following morning they would arrive at the South Pole,” the Arts Centre representative said.
“It even includes a copy of a letter sent to the King of Norway on December 15th informing that they had arrived at the South Pole and the Norwegian flag was placed,” Burnell added.
Since opening, the exhibition attracted a great number of visitors, with 200 people being present on the opening day alone. The inauguration day coincided with Christmas tree lights ceremony held at church.
“This year the special point is the fact that the tree has been dedicated to the students who were killed in the shootings and attacks in Oslo in July this year,” Tony Burnell said.
“We had lots of really good reports, lots of interest and it’s a fascinating, really interesting exhibition going on display here until the 18th of December.”
The exhibition will then be collected on the 20th of December by Swansea Museum and placed on display in January.
The exhibition is open every day of the week from 9 AM to 6 PM. Visitors coming to see the exhibition can do so free of charge.
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