14 Dec 2023

Antarctic yacht bell used to ring in scorcher cricket season

From Nights, 9:45 pm on 14 December 2023

Antarctica and cricket don't usually go hand in hand. But the two will come together at Christchurch's Hagley Oval this summer with a special brass bell from Canterbury Museum's collection signalling the start of international cricket matches. The historic bell is from the SY Morning steam yacht, which was used as a relief vessel on Scott's British National Antarctic Expedition between 1903 and 1904. The ringing of the bell five minutes before the start of play is inspired by a similar tradition at Lord's Cricket Ground in England, where a bell from a ship used in Robert Falcon Scott's first expedition to the Antarctic in the 1900s The curator of human history at Canterbury Museum Adele Jackson joins Mark Leishman to explain how the collaboration came together.