Exploring the Arctic

Critical reflections on the histories and geographies of Arctic exploration.

Inuit Make Glasgow?: Arctic Material Culture in Scotland’s Museums

One of the saddest parts of leaving my previous post at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge was no longer having regular access to the Institute’s Polar Museum. The museum houses a large number of artefacts, primarily associated with British exploration of the North and South Poles, but importantly also holds extensive collections of…

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Confronting the Colonial Histories of the Innaanganeq Meteorite

During my recent archival work at the Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen, I was having a conversation about my research with museum’s curator and senior researcher Martin Appelt. As our conversation drew to a close, Martin paused and then asked me if I wanted to watch a meteorite being removed from the museum’s courtyard. Slightly confused, but…

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