The Oates Collection


Imagemakers was chosen by the Museum Trust to undertake the detailed planning, design and implementation of the redisplay of the galleries in the Oates Museum. Extensive research activity ensued which included working with experts on the Oates/Captain Scott story, as well as the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and the British Antarctic Survey.

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We used a story-led ‘Soldier, Explorer, Hero’ approach that initially leads visitors through Oates’s formative years with his family and early life in thearmy. This includes cases displaying his army uniform and other objects from the late Victorian period, as well as a digital picture frame depicting photographs of the Oates family at home.


Moving into the next gallery visitors are immersed in the sites and sounds of the Antarctic and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1911-12. Stunning large format archive images, taken by official photographer Herbert Ponting, support cases displaying fascinating objects such as diaries, skis,

a sledge, ship pennants, rocks, clothing and eating utensils all used by Oates, Scott and their comrades. Film footage from the expedition is displayed on screens embedded in the graphics and a  number of low tech’ interactives and a touchscsreen are presented on packing cases carrying the same stenciled graphics as the original ones that were taken to the Antarctic over 100 years ago.


The third gallery enables visitors to reflect on the story and understand the legacy of the expedition and the heroic exploits of the men in Scott’s party who collected many samples for scientific research. Antarctic research continues today and visitors can learn all about this via graphics, access to a web cam and displays of modern-day clothing and equipment.