Discovery Point is 25 years old this year, having been opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 1st July 1993. To celebrate this, we have chosen our 25 favourite silver (or silver-themed) objects from among those on display in the museum galleries, and will feature one of these on our social media posts every day up to Sunday 1st July. The objects are also specially labelled in the museum, and you can pick up a trail sheet when you visit that will guide you around them all.
By a remarkable coincidence, the first day of our Silver Jubilee trail – 6th June – is also the birthday of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in 1868, exactly 150 years ago! So what better object to start off with than this beautifully engraved silver cigarette case which was awarded to the 18-year-old Robert Falcon Scott for winning a cutter race in 1887, while he was serving on board the HMS Rover. The case is inscribed with his name along with the event he took part in, the Training Squadron Regatta at St Kitts in the West Indies. In another interesting coincidence, the cigarette case was presented to Scott by Sir Clements Markham, who would later become President of the Royal Geographical Society and set Scott off on his career as an Antarctic explorer by appointing him as Commander of the Discovery in 1899.