Exhibiting the Arctic
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This chapter considers the exhibitions of Arctic peoples, Arctic exploration and Arctic fauna in Britain. It discusses the earliest exhibitions of Arctic people, which were the tableaux vivants, an entertainment later replaced, on a limited scale, by the 'native villages' constructed at the great international and national exhibitions. The development of the science of ethnography, which provided a more systematic approach to the study of Arctic peoples, coincided with an expansion in the number and variety of museums, where, in the latter part of the century, more people had access to the material culture of the Inuit. Arctic exploration was initially made accessible to the public through panoramas and other paintings, but in the latter part of the century it featured in special exhibitions and, to a lesser extent, in museums. The chapter examines the role of zoological gardens and museums in representing this popular aspect of the Arctic.

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