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

'Ice Limit' - an exhibition of drawings and prints by Emma Stibbon, RA

11 June - 5 September 2015

Presented alongside the historic collections at the Polar Museum, Emma Stibbon's work responds to her recent fieldwork in Svalbard in the High Arctic and on the Antarctic Peninsula, as the Friends of SPRI Antarctic Artist in Residence courtesy of the Royal Navy.

R.F. Scott. Lunch camp Beardmore Glacier, Dec 13. P2012/5/100 Copyrigh SPRI

The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott

10 March - 30 May 2015

To celebrate the acquisition of the photographs taken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott during his second and final Antarctic expedition, The Polar Museum is placing a selection of the negatives and prints on display, alongside Scott's camera and manuscript accounts of the expedition from SPRI's archives.


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.