Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic adventure

16 July 2010 to 27 February 2011

This exhibition has now closed

archive photo of ship stuck in the ice with Shackleton's face superimposed in background

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

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

The exhibition featured 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, were accompanied by gripping memoirs from the voyage.

Follow the story with some of the highlight photos from the exhibition on the following pages:


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

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.