Thursday 18 October 2018 at 8.00 pm

The Tragic Beauty of Ice: Art and Antarctica in the Heroic Age


Lecturer: Peter Warwick
Location: DESY Auditorium


All are welcome and no registration is required. Entry fee for guests is € 15 and for students € 5.

Lecture Summary

The films and photography of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley, and the paintings of Dr Edward Wilson and George Marston capture the wonderful world of Antarctica for the first time. Their images enthralled a whole nation with their beauty and prepared the way for today’s television natural history programmes. They are a poignant legacy because of the hardship and tragedy that haunts them.


Frank Hurley Photograph showing glimpse, between hummocks of snow, of the ship "Endurance", the Shackleton Expedition (State Library of New South Wales)

Biography of Lecturer

Peter Warwick is an author, historian, high-profile event organiser and a recognised authority on Admiral Lord Nelson. Specialises in naval, maritime and polar history. He chairs The 1805 Club, which conserves the monuments of the Georgian sailing navy; The New Waterloo Dispatch (Waterloo 200), the official body that arranged the bicentenary commemorations for Waterloo in 2015 and is now, through cross-culture, celebrating the Idea that is Europe; and Thames Alive which is re-introducing pageantry to the River Thames. In 2012 he arranged the manpowered squadron of Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and the Thames Olympic Torch Relay. He is a founder and Trustee of Gloriana The Queen’s Row Barge. As vice-chairman of the Official Nelson Commemorations Committee he played a key role in the planning of The Trafalgar Festival and Sea Britain 2005. He lectures widely in the UK at schools, universities and defence establishments, overseas, and on sea voyages.

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