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Emma Stibbon, 'Night Bergs' 197 x 152.8cms (watercolour, graphite and aluminium powder)

By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men

22 September 2015 - 3 September 2016

Shackleton and his men survived one of the worst disasters in Antarctic history: their ship was crushed and sank, and the outside world was unaware of their predicament or location. This major centenary exhibition will commemorate all the men that sailed with Shackleton aboard the Endurance. The exhibition will also honour the Ross Sea Party, three of whom lost their lives, that laid the supply depots for the planned crossing of the Antarctic continent.


Shackleton: Life and Leadership

From 1 August 2014

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 exhibition 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.

A larger temporary exhibition entitled By Endurance We Conquer, and featuring many hitherto unseen manuscripts from SPRI's archive collection, will open in September 2015.