A unique opportunity to visit the glens lodge where Edward Wilson and Captain Robert Falcon Scott helped plan their journey to the South Pole is on offer this month as part of Kirriemuir Landward East Community Council’s efforts to involve the local community in commemorating the centenary of the Terra Nova Expedition.
Edward Wilson was chief scientist, surgeon and artist on the expedition and died with Captain Scott (Scott of the Antarctic) and his colleagues on the return from the Pole in late March 1912.
Prior to the expedition, Wilson was employed by the government to conduct a study into grouse; and in order to help him his publisher, Reginald Smith, offered the use of Burnside Lodge in Glen Prosen. Wilson spent many months, if not years, based in the lodge conducting his studies and was joined on an unconfirmed number of occasions by Captain Scott and, according to some sources, JM Barrie. Part of Scott and Wilson’s time at the lodge was spent going over the finer details of the expedition and also in testing some of the equipment for the expedition itself.
Scott and Wilson reached the South Pole on January 17 1912 and died together on the Great Ice Barrier March 1912.
The last entry in Scott’s diary was dated March 29 and two commemorative events are planned for that period.
The current owner of Burnside Lodge is opening up the lodge from Wednesday, March 28 to Friday, March 30 from 10am to 4pm.
The lodge has not changed much since Scott and Wilson were there and some very interesting pieces of information and memorabilia remain for visitors to look at.
This is being supplemented by additional material, provided by Dundee Heritage Trust at Discovery Point. Visitors can have a look at the material and information, have a chat with the owner and have a look around the lodge, to experience what Scott and Wilson would have experienced over 100 years ago.
Visitors are asked to park in Dykehead village and walk the remaining 500 yards into Glen Prosen to reach the lodge as the road is narrow and parking is limited.There is no charge for entry and refreshments will also be provided.
In addition, a Community Exhibition is taking place on Wednesday, March 28 from 2pm until 8pm in the Memus and Glens Community Hall.
This event will include exhibitions from Cortachy and Tannadice Primary Schools; material from Dundee Heritage Trust at Discovery Point; and other material from various contributors.
In addition, this event offers a showing of Herbert Ponting’s film taken from the expedition itself (2pm to 4pm); and a showing of John Mills’ celebrated 1948 film “Scott of the Antarctic” between 6pm and 8pm. As with the open days, there is no charge for entry and refreshments will be provided.