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dc.contributor.advisorGunn, Ann V.
dc.contributor.authorMurray, Katie
dc.coverage.spatial326 p.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-26T13:37:40Z
dc.date.available2017-06-26T13:37:40Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-22
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/11087
dc.descriptionElectronic version excludes material for which permission has not been granted by the rights holderen
dc.description.abstractOver eighty polar-themed exhibitions were held in Britain between 1819 and the 1930s, a time of intense exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic. These varied from panoramas and human exhibits to displays of ‘relics’, equipment, photographs and artwork, waxworks and displays shown as part of a Great Exhibition. This period also saw the creation of the first dedicated polar museums. These displays were visited by thousands of people throughout the country, helping to mediate the subject of exploration for a public audience. Despite this, the role exhibitions played in forming popular views of the polar regions has not been fully assessed. This thesis addresses this gap. It is the first to consider all the polar exhibitions held during this period as a collective body, making it possible to study how they developed over time and in response to changing circumstances. The thesis uses a variety of archival sources to both reconstruct the displays and place them in their historical and museological contexts. The study shows that exhibitions evolved in response to changes both in the museum sector and in exploration culture. It demonstrates that, while they were originally identified with the shows of the entertainment industry, polar exhibitions began to take on more of the characteristics of museum displays. At the same time their dominant themes changed; the natural world was relegated in favour of ideas relating to the human experience of the regions such as heroism, adventure and everyday life in an exotic environment. While other media may have been more effective in disseminating ideas about exploration, visitors could find the experience of visiting an exhibition more compelling. This thesis contributes to our understanding of this distinct role that exhibitions played in presenting the polar regions to the British public.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectMuseumen_US
dc.subjectExhibitionen_US
dc.subjectArcticen_US
dc.subjectAntarcticen_US
dc.subjectPolaren_US
dc.subjectPanoramaen_US
dc.subjectInuiten_US
dc.subjectHuman displayen_US
dc.subjectHuman exhibiten_US
dc.subjectFranklinen_US
dc.subjectRelicen_US
dc.subjectErebusen_US
dc.subjectTerroren_US
dc.subjectDioramaen_US
dc.subjectExplorationen_US
dc.subjectExplorersen_US
dc.subject1891 Royal Naval Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectExpeditionen_US
dc.subjectShackletonen_US
dc.subjectRobert Falcon Scotten_US
dc.subjectWilliam Speirs Bruceen_US
dc.subjectSouthern Crossen_US
dc.subjectDiscoveryen_US
dc.subjectNimroden_US
dc.subjectScotiaen_US
dc.subjectJohn Rossen_US
dc.subjectJames Clark Rossen_US
dc.subjectWilliam Parryen_US
dc.subjectHenry Aston Barkeren_US
dc.subjectRobert Barkeren_US
dc.subjectRobert Burforden_US
dc.subjectHenry Courtney Selousen_US
dc.subjectDavid Robertsen_US
dc.subjectE. Lamberten_US
dc.subjectDansonen_US
dc.subjectPhilip Phillipsen_US
dc.subjectThomas Grieveen_US
dc.subjectWilliam Telbinen_US
dc.subjectJohn J.Storyen_US
dc.subjectMadame Tussaudsen_US
dc.subjectWaxworken_US
dc.subjectDisplayen_US
dc.subjectGeorge Naresen_US
dc.subjectEdward Wilsonen_US
dc.subjectWilliam Burn Murdochen_US
dc.subjectPolesen_US
dc.subjectFrank Debenhamen_US
dc.subjectScott Polar Research Instituteen_US
dc.subjectScottish Oceanographical Laboratoryen_US
dc.subjectHerbert Pontingen_US
dc.subject1913 Imperial Services Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectPolar bearen_US
dc.subjectPenguinen_US
dc.subjectSealen_US
dc.subjectRoyal Geographical Societyen_US
dc.subjectRoyal Scottish Geographical Societyen_US
dc.subject1930 Polar Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectLouis Bernacchien_US
dc.subjectHeroic Ageen_US
dc.subjectNorthwest Passageen_US
dc.subjectNorth Poleen_US
dc.subjectSouth Poleen_US
dc.subjectGreat Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectGompertzen_US
dc.subjectHamiltonen_US
dc.subjectLaidlawen_US
dc.subjectMarshallen_US
dc.subjectBritish Museumen_US
dc.subjectPainted Hallen_US
dc.subjectUnited Services Institutionen_US
dc.subjectUnited Services Instituteen_US
dc.subjectLeopold McClintocken_US
dc.subjectJohn Raeen_US
dc.subjectRignolden_US
dc.subjectEdinburgh Museum of Science and Arten_US
dc.subjectRoyal Scottish Museumen_US
dc.subjectScottish National Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectFranco-British Exhibitionen_US
dc.subjectScottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industryen_US
dc.subjectPalace of Historyen_US
dc.subjectDaily Mail Schoolboys Exhibitionen_US
dc.subject.lccG630.G7M8
dc.titleMemorials of endurance and adventure : exhibiting British polar exploration, 1819 – c.1939en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of St Andrews. School of Art Historyen_US
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US


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