Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica
Exhibition on display 22nd June to 12th August.
It’s one of the greatest survival stories of all time and now, over 100 years later, a new travelling panel display invites visitors to walk in the footsteps of famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and discover his epic voyage of survival.
Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica, brings together first-hand accounts and dramatic images by official expedition photographer Australian Frank Hurley to tell the compelling story of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 and his bid to stay alive.
On display from this Friday 22nd June at Albany's Historic Whaling Station.
Shackleton set out in August 1914 with a bold plan to be the first to cross Antarctica’s vast interior. His strategy was to have two parties working from opposite sides of the continent. He would lead the Weddell Sea crossing party while a second Ross Sea supply party would lay critical rations ahead of him.
Both ships were ultimately lost to their crews (one crushed and the other wrenched away by the ice), Shackleton’s party would never even touch the continent they hoped to cross, and the other would be marooned on it, desperately sledging across hundreds of kilometres of ice to lay depots for the party which would never come.
Through the eyes of modern-day adventurer Tim Jarvis AM, who re-enacted parts of Shackleton’s journey, and biologist and Shackleton fellow Mel Mackenzie, the display follows the harrowing experiences of both parties and asks visitors to think about their reaction and decisions.
There are 5 Shackleton panel exhibitions on tour from the Australian National Maritime Museum, visiting over 80 venues in the next three years.
Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica is on display at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station from 22nd June to 12th August, and is included within the entry ticket.