The Art of the Hero: Commemorating Scott of the Antarctic

Max Jones

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Captain Scott and his four companions died in the Antarctic in 1912. Although they lost the race to the South Pole to Norwegian Roald Amundsen, their deaths unleashed an astonishing wave of tributes not only in Britain but around the world. This lecture will examine the different ways in which artists represented death in the polar wasteland and portrayed failure as heroic sacrifice.

MAX JONES is a writer, lecturer and historian. He teaches modern history at the University of Manchester and has won a Distinguished  Achievement Medal as the University’s Teacher of the Year. His book The Last Great Quest (Oxford, 2003) and new edition of Captain Scott’s last Journals (Oxford, 2006) established his reputation as a leading expert on Scott of the Antarctic, polar exploration and national heroes. He has collaborated on a number of museum and media projects about Scott and heroes, including

•             ‘The Secrets of Scott’s Hut’ with Ben Fogle (BBC TV),

•             The London Natural History Museum’s exhibition on ‘Scott’s Last Expedition’,

•             'Titanic with Len Goodman' (BBC TV),

•             Alexander Armstrong's Real Ripping Yarns (BBC TV),

•             'Conquest and Calamity: The Timewatch Guide to Explorers' (BBC TV).

Max is currently writing his next book for Oxford University Press, A New History of British Heroes, which will examine how and why ideas about national heroes have changed over the last three hundred years.