September 2019

The Art of the Hero: Commemorating Scott of the Antarctic

Welcome to The Arts Society Halifax
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 12:45
Square Chapel, 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1QG

Welcome to the first lecture of our 2019-20 season, and to Antarctica, described by Scott as “an awful place and terrible enough"

Captain Scott and his four companions died in the Antarctic in 1912. Although they had 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 waste-land and portrayed failure as heroic sacrifice.


Dr Max Jones

Formerly a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Christ's College, Cambridge, Max now teaches at the University of Manchester and is a recent winner of the university’s ‘Teacher of the Year’ award. He specializes in the cultural history of war and heroism, and is currently writing a new history of British heroes. Public lecturing is Max’s passion. Alongside lectures at Manchester and other universities, he has spoken about his research to public audiences throughout the UK and beyond, from the Isles of Scilly to Hobart, Tasmania.