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Exploration of the North and South poles and outer space challenges the very boundaries of human capabilities. The ‘conquering’ of such places is often praised and talked about. However, we do not know how the structures and artefacts left behind in these places should be cared for, managed and remembered. Please join us as we delve into the history of extraordinary places.
Antarctica and Apollo: extreme heritage and science
Dr Bryan Lintott (Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)
Human presence in Antarctica and on the Moon has resulted in historical remains that range from abandoned scientific bases to operational robotic instruments. This environmental legacy and how it can be utilised for physical, biological and social science research is the core theme of this presentation. How do the contaminants spread, what has been the impact of the environment on various materials and is equipment still functional? The presentation will conclude with an overview of how archaeology in Antarctica can promote the peaceful use of the continent and enhance scientific research.
South Georgia: outpost of the Antarctic
Robert Headland (Institute Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute)
Biology, exploitation, politics, a small war. The biodynamics of this remote island involved two periods of massive over-exploitation of marine mammals, adverse effects of introduced species, and politics. The original state, human effects, remediation and present recovery are discussed - with relevance to various other remote oceanic islands.
As part of the Creative Reactions project, these artists will be presenting their artwork inspired by the research of speakers in this talk series. The artwork will also be on display at our Creative Reactions Exhibition at St Barnabas Church, 24 - 25 May.