Museum show is a whale of an exhibition

'Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century',runs until May 31, 2015.
'Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century',runs until May 31, 2015.

A new show which opened at the Scottish Fisheries Museum on Friday looks at the whaling industry over the last 100 years, including as nearby as in Dundee.

The University of St Andrews’ Special Collections team has worked with the Anstruther museum to present ‘Poles Apart: changing attitudes to whaling in the 20th century’.

Bringing together scientific papers, sperm whale bones, harpoons and knives, the exhibition tells the story of whaling industries in the Arctic and Antarctic.

There are also objects from various local museums, such as the Fife Folk Museum and the Dundee Heritage trust, and some from a little further afield.

Project Archivist Fiona Menzies said: “We have various harpoons and knives used in both the Arctic and Antarctic, and some examples of the products made from the industry - one item that has travelled a very long way is a bar of soap from the South Georgia Museum.”

The soap was made in 1950 from whale oil.