Tragedy and Triumph: The Story of Polar Exploration

174 TUTOR: Mark Cottle

This course will start with the search for the North-West Passage, which has captivated the imagination of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of Frobisher and Davis in Elizabeth I's reign. You will then move on to look at the discoveries of both the North and South Poles with particular reference to the Norwegians, Nansen and Amundsen, and the British, Scott and Shackleton. Finally, you will turn to focus chiefly on the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Their stories are a series of remarkable sagas, pitting leadership, courage, endurance and ingenuity against daunting hardships and threats.

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During this course we will start with the search for the North-West Passage which had captivated the imaginations of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of Frobisher and Davis, in Elizabeth I's reign. We will then move on to look at the discoveries of both the North and South Poles with particular reference to the Norwegians, Nansen and Amundsen, and the British, Scott and Shackleton. Their stories are a series of remarkable sagas, pitting leadership, courage, endurance and ingenuity against daunting hardships and threats.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • The North-West Passage: from Davis and Frobisher to Franklin
  • Nansen: Greenland and the Polar Icecap

Day 2

  • The North-West Passage: Amundsen
  • Nineteenth and early twentieth century attempts to reach the North Pole. Wally Herbert

Day 3

  • Antarctica: Introduction
  • Scott and the Terra Nova Expedition (1901)
  • Shackleton and the Nimrod (1907)

Day 4

  • Herbert Ponting's film: The Great White Silence/ 90 Degrees South
  • Scott & Amundsen: The Race to the Pole

Day 5

  • Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition: Frank Hurley's film South
  • The Endurance Expedition

Course Tutor

Mark Cottle

Mark Cottle

About Mark

Mark Cottle was born on the Isles of Scilly, went to school at Truro, Cornwall and studied at Birmingham University, graduating with an MA in medieval history and literature. He has spent his career in teaching, lecturing and training at home and abroad. He currently runs two small companies, Exploring History, which offers lectures and courses in mainly medieval and Tudor history and Romarc Training & Development which designs and delivers corporate training.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

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9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

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9.15AM to 4.30PM