Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia
PMN Workshop, 2019. 1 April
A meeting of the Network of Polar Museums was held at the Maritime Museum and Presidio of Ushuaia. There were presentations on a variety of polar museums and a workshop on how polar museums can relate to university research, both as a resource for research, and how research can inform museum exhibitions and education. The meeting concluded with a discussion on how polar museums can "strengthen and disseminate knowledge of polar history, science and exploration."
The event was kindly organized by Carlos Pedro Vairo, Director of the Museum of the Maritime Museum and the Presidio of Ushuaia, with excellent support from his colleagues and staff.
Delegates from a large number of countries attended.
It was an opportunity for museums and related colleagues to report developments in their museums and discuss the future efforts of the Polar Museum Network. After the workshop, a social event was held for PMN attendees thanks to the generosity of the Maritime Museum and the Presidio in organizing this workshop and event.
For more information, PMN, Workshop 2019
The workshop preceded the SCAR SC-HASS humanities and social sciences conference. SC-HASS Conference 2019
The International Polar Heritage Committee of the International Monuments and Sites Committee (ICOMOS: IPHC) also held a committee meeting in Ushuaia. IPHC website
The parallel sessions of the SCAR Congress - HASSEG (Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research - Group of Experts on Humanities and Social Sciences) were held in Ushuaia from April 3 to 5.
Sharing comments and opinions is extremely important. Particularly about how museums can and should approach universities and researchers specialized in polar regions.
Topics to be discussed included conservation, restoration, possible itinerant collections, as well as museological and museological aspects for different visitor profiles.
At 6:30 p.m., at the Maritime Museum, a vernissage opened the photo show of the "Casting the Efhemerality" snowflake by Yvonne Weber, with a live jazz show. Lamb stews and drinks offered by the Museum were served.
Most importantly, all attendees were invited to pay tribute to the Malvinas Monument to be part of the April 2 vigil. That night, people gather each year with their hearts turned to their loved ones, those who stayed on the islands or perished in 1982.
The SCAR - HASSEG was held from April 2 to 5 with sessions open to the public.
On Saturday 6, after a visit to the Harberton Ranch Ranch, attendees returned to the Maritime Museum at 7:30 p.m. to a meeting with some of the tourists who participated in the first international cruise to Antarctica aboard Les Eclaireurs in 1958. This group visited Ushuaia for this historic event under the patronage of the Government of Tierra del Fuego and the Undersecretariat of Malvinas, Antarctica , South Atlantic Islands and the surrounding maritime area.
He closed the night sharing empanadas and drinks.