For me the greatest event of 2011 was the exhibition
of handmade dolls from Canada depicting Inuit and First Nations cultures.
All lovingly and expertly made, each with their own story to tell. They
were on display at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge (voted
runner-up for Museum of the Year!), and no doubt they'll be touring
other parts of the world.
The main event this year is, of course, the centenary
of the Terra Nova Expedition reaching the South Pole, led by
Captain Robert Falcon Scott. It's a great opportunity for us all to
revisit the tremendous feats of our British heroes, and to teach our
younger generations about their endurance, bravery and not least their
contribution to scientific research. There has already been a lot of
activity and media attention from around the world and our Events page
gives links to several of the organisers.
Continuing the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration
theme, Leif Mills has presented us with a fascinating account of the
disharmony that can arise when a group of people are forced together
for an indeterminate period in harsh conditions. It was during his research
for another book that Leif came across the diaries of Eric Marshall,
liberally scattered with comments about his uneasy relationship with
Sir Ernest Shackleton and others. Very interesting from a psychological
With an abrupt change in direction, we turn again northwards
to indulge in some product testing - a first for us! When a large parcel
arrived full of interesting bits and pieces about the Cape Dorset community
art project, I just had to get the children involved (nephew Freddie,
goddaughter Freyja and niece Frida, popularly known respectively as
1, 2 and 3 since I get their names muddled up). We also received two
outstandingly wonderful children's books which they kindly reviewed
for me, and I hope other children will be encouraged to read them too.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Polar Worlds
and we extend a huge 'thank you' to everyone who has so kindly contributed
their time and knowledge to our pages. Your support is fundamental to
the success of this online magazine and I could not have done it alone.
Thanks also to our readers for making it all worthwhile!
Solveig Gardner Servian
New for this edition:
Northern Doll Stories
Let the Dolls Speak
The Art of Cape Dorset
Children's Book Reviews
Scott Centenary lectures and exhibitons
Geographer, Scientist, Antarctic Explorer
The biography of Frank Debenham. He
was one of the youngest members of Scott's last expedition and the founder
of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. This is an interesting
and entertaining book that anyone connected with the polar world will
want to have on their bookshelf. Click on the cover for a full description
and how to order.