27 March - 31 May 2015
Changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century
Special Collections at the University of St Andrews Library is pleased to be putting on an exhibition which will explore changing views on whaling at both North and South Poles. Now we consider commercial whaling to be morally unacceptable, but for two centuries whales were just another commodity to be exploited for their valuable oil, essential for many everyday processes.
The exhibition will follow the dwindling Arctic whaling industry in Dundee during the late 19th century, look at local reaction to a curious whale exploring the river Tay, and explore factory ship whaling in the Southern Ocean around South Georgia during the 20th century.
Thanks a National Cataloguing Grant we are able use a newly catalogued collection of archives of the Discovery Committee to reveal the story of the group set up to monitor whaling and whale stocks, and its scientists, who inadvertently became early conservationists. We will also hear from whalers themselves, telling their own stories in oral history recordings.
Find out more about the research project at the Taming the Leviathan website.