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Exhibitions

Frozen Worlds

Uummannaq

A century of exploration in Greenland

Wednesday 27 September – Friday 22 December 2017

This exhibition shows photographs taken on an expedition of Swiss explorer and meteorologist Alfred de Quervain to the Uummannaq fjord and ice cap in Greenland. The photographs are partnered with images and instruments from this year's expedition to Uummannaq by researchers from the Scott Polar Research Institute. Our researchers are still active in the region, thanks to the ongoing support of the local community, and continue to study the glaciers that surround Uummannaq.

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.