St Andrews Historians at the Fife Science Festival
March 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith and Dr Aileen Fyfe took part in MUSA’s ‘Star & Ship Enterprise’ event, a family event run as part of Fife Science Festival. Building from the theme, they displayed a selection of items that Captain Cook and his crew might have brought home from the South Pacific, after observing the transit of Venus in 1769. To get in the spirit of things, Dr Easterby-Smith and Dr Fife dressed the part, though their costumes turned out to be of less interest to younger visitors than the giant bat skeleton and the brain coral! The 1790s world map (centred on the Pacific, not Atlantic) caught the attention of many visitors, as the youngest struggled to find Britain and Australia, and those who could read were intrigued by names such as ‘New Holland’, ‘Dieman’s Land’, and ‘Hindoostan’.