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In Durham, my mam and I paid a visit to the Palace Green Library, part of Durham University, at my request to visit the Antarctica exhibitions being held there. Antarctica: Explorers Heroes Scientists includes two exhibitions on loan from the Royal Geographical Society, alongside displays exploring how men and women from the North East of England have contributed to our understanding of Antarctica.

With Scott to the Pole and Antarctic Witness contained photographs from Scott and Shackleton’s respective trips in the early twentieth century, telling the story of their adventures in Antarctica. I was familiar with these stories and some of the photographs from an exhibition I previously visited in London, but I still enjoyed seeing the pictures again. The third exhibition, Antarctic Science Today, looked at how scientists from Durham are working to understand Antarctica and the progress of global warming.

I’m glad we made the effort to visit this exhibition: it was really interesting and informative.

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