Dundee’s famous vessel, the Royal Research Ship Discovery, will be the focus of an hour-long television programme on Channel 5 this Saturday night (2 November) as part of their ‘Great British Ships’ series presented by Rob Bell.

Entitled “Scott & Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure: The Discovery”, the documentary, which airs at 8.30pm, covers the ship’s rich history, including the 1901-04 expedition to the Antarctic.

Featuring interviews with key Dundee Heritage Trust staff, including Gill Poulter, Heritage and Exhibitions Director and Ali Gellatly, Education Officer, the programme explores the unique design and construction of the ship, as the very first purpose-built for scientific research in the Antarctic, and looks at how it faired in the icy waters of the South.

The programme also looks at its famous crew, including Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton, and the hardships they endured in some of the most brutal conditions on the planet. It showcases a few of the star objects in the Trust’s museum collections including Scott’s personal effects such as his snow goggles and pipe.  The presenter Rob Bell also dressed up in replica polar expedition clothing as worn by these early pioneers.

Deirdre Robertson, CEO of Dundee Heritage Trust, commented: “The programme explores the rich history of the Discovery and the significant contribution it has made to scientific research in the UK, including its legacy in the field of climate change and environmental issues. It has been a pleasure to be involved in this show, which without a doubt demonstrates that the Discovery was, and continues to be, one of the Britain’s greatest ships.”

Discovery Point is the home of Discovery and tells the story of the iconic ship from its beginnings in Dundee, to the Antarctic expedition under Captain Scott and her subsequent voyages of exploration.

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Dundee Heritage Trust

Formed in 1985 to preserve and interpret Dundee’s Heritage, Dundee Heritage Trust is an independent registered charity dedicated to the guardianship, preservation and portrayal of Dundee’s Heritage in ways that educate, inspire and enlighten current and future generations.

As well as the internationally significant Royal Research Ship Discovery, Dundee Heritage Trust has responsibility for Discovery Point Antarctic Museum plus Verdant Works, one of the nation’s most important textile museums.  Both sites are accredited museums with collections of national significance, 5 star rated attractions with VisitScotland and have won numerous awards.