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Exhibitions

Operation Deep Freeze - smashing through the ice

Operation Deep Freeze

20 September 2016 - 16 December 2016

With the Cold War rumbling in the background, America set out to build Antarctica's most ambitious bases for science. Through artwork and photography, this exhibition explores the perilous journey south undertaken by 1,800 men with 9,000 tons of supplies, and their race against time to get the bases built before the harsh Antarctic winter set in.

Operation Deep Freeze - smashing through the ice

Ice Bound: Impressions of the Far South

18 January 2017 - 23 February 2017

Darren Rees was the Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute Antarctic Artist in Residence for 2014/15. From February 26th to March 30th 2015 he travelled with the Royal Navy on HMS Protector from the Falkland Islands to the Antarctic Peninsula, with visits to Port Lockroy, Horseshoe, Rothera, Stonington, and Deception Islands. His exhibition and book, Ice Bound, documents his journey in the far south with a collection of over 150 sketches, watercolour and acrylic paintings executed in situ.

Operation Deep Freeze - smashing through the ice

Dick Laws: Antarctic Scientist and Artist, A retrospective

1 March 2017 - 25 March 2017

Dick Laws (1926-2014) was the leading marine mammal scientist of his generation, working in the Antarctic to develop new techniques and approaches to population studies of seals and whales. After pioneering similar approaches with large mammals in Africa he returned to the UK as Head of Life Sciences, then Director, of the British Antarctic Survey. As well as his scientific credentials, Dick Laws was also a very fine self-taught artist. This exhibition seeks to illustrate the progressive development of his art and its two main applications, first in providing technical illustrations for his scientific publications, and second as a recreational hobby.

Special displays

These small displays give us the opportunity to show off parts of our collection that are not often seen. They vary in size from a single object to a whole showcase.

Shackleton

Shackleton: Life and Leadership

Until 22 December 2017

To mark the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic (Endurance) Expedition, 1914–17, The Polar Museum has unveiled a redesigned and expanded display in its permanent galleries covering Shackleton's life and career.

The re-worked displays explore the life of the young merchant sailor who went on to achieve fame as one of the great Antarctic explorers. He was knighted, received the Polar Medal with three clasps and the Royal Geographical Society's special Gold Medal. Thirteen other nations honoured him with a total of 27 awards. The exhibition examines his leadership in braving the extreme challenges of the Antarctic.