Exhibition is open to the public from 9th June – 8th July inclusive (9am – 6pm) and during SeaFest (30th June, 1st July, 2nd July), it is open from 9am – 8pm. It is closed on 29th June.

SeaFest 2017, in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Norwegian Embassy Ireland, host “Cold Recall: Reflections of a Polar Explorer” – a travelling poster exhibit that presents images from one of the greatest adventures of the early 20th century: the race to the South Pole.

The exhibit will be on display from 9th June – 8th July in the O’Donoghue Building, NUI Galway.

Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole on December 14 1911, only a few weeks before Englishman Robert Falcon Scott. Amundsen was celebrated in his native Norway and throughout the world for his achievement, considered one of the great triumphs of human endurance of the age.

Photo courtesy of the Fram Museum

The exhibit “Cold Recall” is a collection of 48 posters that features hand-coloured lantern slides taken by Amundsen crew member Olav Bjaaland during the expedition. Accompanying texts on the posters stem from Amundsen’s writings from these journeys. Because the majority of his own photos had been damaged, Amundsen used Bjaaland’s images to illustrate his expeditions to the South Pole and through the Northwest Passage at public lectures that doubled as fundraising events for future explorations.

Amundsen’s other notable accomplishments include being the first person to reach both the South and North Pole and the first successfully to traverse the Northwest Passage via boat. He was also one of the first to use airplanes to explore the northern Polar Regions. Amundsen died in 1928 while flying a rescue mission in the north polar area.

Created by the Fram Museum (Oslo, Norway), in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of famed polar explorer Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole from 1910-1912.

A series of lectures, cartoon illustration sessions for children and adults amongst other interesting activities are being planned during the month of June.

Photo courtesy of the Fram Museum