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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 13:56 GMT
Voyage of discovery at exhibition
RRS Discovery
The achievements of the men will be celebrated
The grandson of Scott of the Antarctic opened a new exhibition in Scotland which charts the adventures of the explorer.

Falcon Scott cut the ribbon with a knife that was taken to Antarctica by his famous relation, Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

The displays at Discovery Point, Dundee, are said to give an insight into the living conditions of the great polar explorers during the Discovery expedition of 1901-1904.

The exhibitions tell the story of the Royal Ship Discovery and that of the men who served aboard - such as Capt Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.

RRS Discovery, Dundee
RRS Discovery is a popular attraction

Discovery Point has been one of the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland since it opened in 1993.

It is the most visited historic tall ship in the country.

Many of the items on show have never been on display to the public before.

The exhibition is being funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Dundee Heritage Trust and since 1999 has been being prepared.

Falcon Scott said: "It is just fantastic to see items my grandfather took with him 100 years ago to Antarctica on display for all to see.

"The new displays really do bring home the scale of the effort, achievements and living conditions endured by these great men."

Discovery Point Trust Chairman, Professor Stewart Brymer, said: "The new exhibitions are of the utmost quality and by far the most comprehensive in the country."

Heritage and Exhibitions Director, Gill Poulter, said: "We have been steadily building up our collections over the past years through gifts from descendants of these incredible explorers or through acquisition at polar auctions."

The 1901 Discovery crew
The displays look back at the explorers

Visitors may test their skills in loading a ship with cargo so it will not capsize at sea, plot a course through the ice packs.

New computer based touch-screen games consoles take visitors into detailed descriptions and images of the expedition with quizzes and games as fun ways of learning about the polar explorers.

The project started in 1999 and has received funding support from Scottish Enterprise Tayside, European Regional Development Fund.

Chief Executive Alan Rankin said he hoped the exhibits would be informative and fun.

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