On 14 December, I was on the way to Busan, Korea. I have been invited to speak at the International Conference on Arctic Vision 2017 (ICAV). The subtheme was: When Arctic meets Antarctica. I delivered a presentation on the Antarctic history (15 December). I learned a lot at the conference and very much about the culture because there were lunches and dinners what gave me the opportunity to talk to the people and learn about their research, way of life and many other interesting aspects of Korea.
The next day there was the meeting with the senior curator of the Maritime Museum, Mr. Lee Sang-Hyun. The building is newly built (5 years old) and the exhibited themes are very interesting and well presented. Miranda (from ARA and the other participant from New Zealand) and Sophie (one of the 6 students who participated in the exchange program with the PCAS course program) and I, spent 3 hours in total in the Museum with the curator and the tour-guide. Since June 2017 is a Memorandum of Understanding in place between Busan and Christchurch for collaboration between the museums, culture, and science. Mr. Lee Sang-Hyun is planning a new exhibition about the Antarctic and discussed his ideas to pass it on to our Canterbury Museum. I hope the exhibition will be a success.
I spent two interesting and productive days in Korea. I am grateful for this opportunity.
On Monday at lunchtime, I was home again and continued my work for ANTA 101.
Miranda, Sophie and me at the conference venue after the presentations (15 December 2017)
Friday, 28th April 2017 at 2pm, I had a presentation at the St. Andrew’s College in Christchurch about living and working in the Antarctic today and the PCAS program. Over 60 people were in the audience. The college has a wonderful heritage facility – the right ambience for a historian. Interesting questions were discussed at the end of the talk.
After the presentation we had afternoon tea. Some people told me about family members involved in former Antarctic events back in the 1950s to 80s. There were some amazing stories about the clothing at this time and how different it was back in these times.
It was another successful public engagement.
Scholarship and degree wall at the St. Andrew’s College
A conference, organised by the NZ Antarctic Society and the Royal NZ Navy, was held in Auckland. Friday, 24 March 2017, was the cocktail party at the Naval Museum in Devonport where the participants came together in a relaxed atmosphere.
The picture shows me, Philippa Ross and Myra Walton in the Naval Museum.
On Saturday, 25 March, were the presentations of different speakers. I have been invited to this conference to present the international perspective of the Heroic Era. My focus was on the German, Swedish, Japanese and French expeditions which took place at this time. I also provided a context of why these expeditions undertook science in the Antarctic and how it was linked to the economic and political circumstances at the time. Some of these links are still in place and are regulated by the Antarctic Treaty System. It turned out during the conference that the Heroic Era is mainly a British Edwardian concept. This time of Antarctic explorations is stated usually from 1897 – 1917; however, sometimes it is also pointed out that the end was at 1922 when Ernest Shackleton died at Grytviken on a heart attack. This is a matter of debate but much more logical to end it in 1917.
A service was held on Sunday at the chapel of St Christopher. After the service a guided tour took place around the Naval Base.
“Nathanial Palmer” in the dry dock for repair and participants of the conference at the tour.
After lunch the presentations continued until 4 pm in the afternoon. The conference was concluded with drinks and lots of lively discussions until 5:30pm.
The conference was very well prepared by Brett Fotheringham, CDR, Roger McGarry and Mike Wing from the Auckland Branch of the NZAS. Of course many people helped in the background for the the conference run smoothly.
More photos can be found on the NZAS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/150773471684015/?ref=bookmarks