Volunteer helpers at Budleigh Salterton's
Organisers of the 'Survival!' exhibition at
"We are a family-friendly museum, and the last thing we would want to do is to shock our visitors by revealing what penguins got up to in their natural environment," said the Museum's press officer Michael Downes.
His statement comes after the revelation by the
Among the scenes of "constant acts of depravity" committed by what he described as "hooligan males" were acts of homosexual behaviour, sexual and physical abuse of chicks and even necrophilia.
The Fairlynch exhbition, called 'Survival!', tells the story of Captain Scott's six-man Northern Party, forced to face the rigours of the Antarctic winter of 1911-12 and shelter in a cramped ice-cave after the ship which was supposed to rescue the group was forced to turn away by pack ice.
"The whole ordeal faced by Levick and the Northern Party was a horrific experience. The courage of these men been recognised in recently published books about the Terra Nova expedition to coincide with the Scott centenary," says Michael Downes.
'Survival!' is believed to be the first public exhibition devoted to the Northern Party and has on display many of Murray Levick's personal belongings as well as information about the former Budleigh resident's later career. After serving in World War One he went on to a medical career involving the care of wounded war veterans and handicapped children. He later founded the British Schools Exploring Society, now known as BSES Expeditions.
The exhibition is open daily except Saturdays from 2.00 - 4.30 pm until 30 September 2012. Admission is free. For more details see www.devonmuseums.net/fairlynch