DCA Archive

The White Flag of Antarctica: The Fabric of a Nation


As Santiago Sierra’s work at DCA challenges and reconfigures typical understandings of how we use flags to demarcate territory, join us for a lecture by Dr Claire Warrior which will look at the act of planting flags at certain moments in history, particularly considering the use of these emblems in relation to the exploration (and conquest) of both the north and south poles.

Warrior is Senior Exhibitions Curator at Royal Museums Greenwich, where she has worked since 2001. Her current project, a new permanent gallery on the Polar Regions, opens at the National Maritime Museum in September 2018.  An anthropologist and historian, her research looks at remembrance and commemoration, particularly in the context of British polar exploration, with a focus on the role of families in sustaining histories over time. She has written widely on museums, material culture and the history of exploration, and is a Trustee at the Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury.