Endurance: Shackleton’s Antarctic adventure at Merseyside Maritime Museum

The epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition is an incredible real life tale of survival

The exhibition features about 150 compelling photographs of the expedition’s ordeal taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. The photographs, printed from the original negatives and Hurley’s album of prints, are accompanied by gripping memoirs from the voyage. On view through 3 January 2011. Free admission.

The photographs in this exhibition were made from Frank Hurley’s glass plate and film negatives, from the following sources:

The collections of the Royal Geographical Society.
Photographs printed by Hurley on board the Endurance and saved in an album, now owned by the Scott Polar Research Institute.
Hurley’s rare Paget color transparencies, owned by the State Library of New South Wales.
Presented by the American Museum of Natural History. Images by Frank Hurley from the collections of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Scott Polar Research Institute, and the Library of New South Wales.

This exhibition was made possible by a gift from Mr and Mrs Joseph F Cullman 3rd.

Image: Photograph of the Endurance © Royal Geographical Society and of Shackleton © Scott Polar Institute, University of Cambridge.

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock
L3 4AQ
0151 478 4499


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