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Museum catalogue: Arctic Exploration

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Arctic Exploration

The Polar Museum houses a large collection of material relating to the history of exploration and science in the Arctic. It includes such items as clothing, sledges, skis, harnesses, navigational instruments, scientific equipment and specimens, foodstuffs, and medals and memorabilia.

The collection covers the search for the Northwest Passage in the nineteenth century, including the expeditions of John Ross, Edward Parry, James Clark Ross and John Franklin; the quest for the North Pole, from George Strong Nares' British Arctic Expedition 1875-76 to Wally Herbert's British Trans-Arctic Expedition 1968-69; and numerous university expeditions to Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland in the mid-twentieth century.

Further details on any item in the collection may be obtained on application to the Museum Curator. For details of public and research access please see the main Museum page of the website. For rights and images for publication, please contact the Picture Library.

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Data in this catalogue was last updated on Tuesday, 13th June 2023.