Events & exhibitions
22 September 2015 - 18 June 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.