RSS Discovery Rigging Conservation Project
The RRS Discovery is of enormous international significance and is a unique survivor of the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration. Built in Dundee for the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04 under the command of Robert Falcon Scott, Discovery was the world’s first ship to be specifically constructed for scientific research and for work in the polar regions, and incorporates a number of unique design features. Later used as the research vessel for the Discovery Oceanographic Expedition (1925-27) and the British Australian New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE, 1929-31), RRS Discovery is the only surviving vessel that is associated with such a long line of pioneering Antarctic explorers and scientists as Captain Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Alister Hardy and Sir Douglas Mawson.
Since her return to Dundee in 1986, the RRS Discovery has become the city’s premier visitor attraction, now welcoming over 50,000 visitors a year.
As an unrivaled example of British Antarctic heritage, the experience offered to visitors as they tour the ship gives a remarkable insight into the life of a polar explorer at the start of the 20th century. In addition, the RRS Discovery is an exceptionally inspiring venue for the 5000 school pupils who visit annually for tours and workshops, often as part of a classroom topic on polar lands and explorers.
Preserving and maintaining the physical structure of the RRS Discovery is an integral part of Dundee Heritage Trust’s dedicated aim of bringing to life the story of our pioneering Antarctic explorers and the ships they sailed on.