SIR ROBERT FALCON SCOTT was perhaps the most famous Antarctic explorer of all. His endeavors during the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration culminated in his 1910-13 Terra Nova expedition, during which he and his four companions finally reached the South Pole before perishing on their return journey.
Crucially, while Scott’s rival in the race south (the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen) seemed to be driven almost solely by his desire to reach the South Pole first, Scott was adamant that the capture of scientific data and exhibits were just as important - if not more so - than the symbolic gesture of reaching the Pole itself.
Many commentators thus argue that Scott and his team ultimately sacrificed their lives in the name of scientific research. As search party member Apsley Cherry-Garrard later wrote upon finding the vast number of scientific samples alongside their bodies: “It is magnificent that men in such case should go on pulling everything they have died to gain.”
The rock samples, journals and meteorological data discovered at the Polar party’s final camp were the focus of intensive study by the world’s scientific community for decades afterwards, informing our understanding of geology, evolutionary theory and climatology to this day. Excerpts from Scott’s journal - heard as voice over- will form the basis of this VR experience, and provide a stunningly detailed and heart-breakingly immediate account of the group’s heroic travails in the face of unimaginable hardship.