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Special Collections Exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum

Monday 23 March 2015

Using material discovered during the Taming the Leviathan project, the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division is pleased to be putting on an exhibition titled ‘Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century’, at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. The exhibition will explore changing views on whaling at both North and South Poles.

The exhibition will follow the dwindling Arctic whaling industry in Dundee during the late 19th century. It tells the story of local reaction to a curious whale exploring the river Tay, explores factory ship whaling in the Southern Ocean around South Georgia during the 20th century and follows the work of the Discovery Committee which was set up to research the industry.

The material from the Taming the Leviathan project includes photographs, catch log books and Discovery Committee papers which will be on display for the first time.  

Catch the exhibition at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, from the 27th March to 31st May 2015.