On a wet and windy Saturday morning (31st August 2019) St Cuthbert’s explorers set off for the east (Dundee) on a voyage to “Discovery” and the V & A Museum. Aided by text boards and short films about the 1901/02 expedition to conquer Antarctica by Scott and Shackleton and their brave crew, we learned about the detailed planning from the designing of a suitable ship to the provisions required for the anticipated three year mission and witnessed their hardships and their triumphs.
A guided tour of the adjacent V & A Museum helped us understand the thinking behind the design of the building by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The V&A Dundee is the first design museum in Scotland and the first Victoria and Albert museum outside London. Exhibitions featuring the development of prosthetic hands, video games and environmentally friendly vehicles stood alongside one another providing a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its efforts to enrich lives through design. After being suitably refreshed in a Stirling hotel we arrived home within five minutes of our anticipated schedule after another outing capably planned and executed by Graeme and Liz aka Sutherland Tours.