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Antarctic Witness

Antarctic Witness

17 October 2015 - 7 February 2016
Palace Green Library

Chart the dramatic events of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-16 and experience this extraordinary journey as seen through the eyes of Frank Hurley, official photographer to the expedition. 

Set against the majestic backdrop of the Antarctic, Hurley’s artistry as a photographer is revealed as he captures daily life on board the Endurance and later on the ice as Shackleton and his crew are left stranded after their ship meets a dramatic end. Shackleton’s efforts to rescue his crew are now legendary, partly due to Hurley’s amazing visual testimony, which is recorded in 120 glass plates that are now part of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s photographic archive. These incredible photographs, form the centrepiece of this dramatic exhibition in winter 2015, charting exploration, environments and climate change.