Escape from Antarctica
Discover how the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 became, in the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, 'the greatest survival story ever undertaken'.
Antarctica, 1914. The temperature is below freezing, the winds are strong and the seas are rough. Your ship is trapped in the ice and after months of drifting, you endure several harrowing days in open water, only to be marooned on an uninhabited island.
With food running out and disaster imminent, you have only one chance at survival: paddle a leaking, wooden boat 1400 kilometres across treacherous waters to another island, where you will have to scale mountains and cross glaciers to reach help.
Could you do it? Would you survive?
Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica shows how Anglo-Irish adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved all 28 of the men aboard the doomed ship Endurance, in what Sir Edmund Hillary described as 'the greatest survival story ever undertaken'.
The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition began in late October 1914, when Shackleton left Buenos Aires aiming to be the first to cross Antarctica’s vast and unexplored interior. On the other side of the South Pole, Aeneas Mackintosh left Tasmania for the Ross Sea (with four Australians on board), aiming to lay supplies for Shackleton's ambitious crossing.
When the two parties became trapped in the ice, a tale of incredible adventure, bravery and resilience began.
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This amazing Discovery Channel documentary in which adventurer Tim Jarvis and his companions successfully re-enact Shackleton's historic journey is available at our online store or when you visit the exhibition.
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Learn how Anglo-Irish adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved all 28 of the men aboard the doomed ship Endurance, in what Sir Edmund Hillary described as 'the greatest survival story ever undertaken'.
The touring exhibition is an adaptation of the exhibition currently on display here at the Maritime Museum. It will consist of stunning photographs, augmented realities, audio-visuals and graphic components.
The exhibition is in development and will be available from June 2016. To make a booking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To be confirmed.
We've developed a diverse range of travelling exhibitions that range in scale from highly mobile, cost-effective and ready-to-hang picture shows through to smart, modular-designed and interactive 3D exhibitions developed primarily for family audiences.
Visit our Touring Exhibitions page to see what else is on tour or how you can make a booking for your venue.
Step inside the historic huts of Antarctic explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton to relive a time of extraordinary polar exploration.
Experience a unique audiovisual work created by New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher and the Antarctic Heritage Trust and become immersed in the landscape, isolation and lives left behind by these heroic early explorers.
Then through the work of exhibition partner, the Antarctic Heritage Trust, discover what is happening to conserve this heritage on the ice today.
Jane Ussher is well known and respected for her documentary work as a photographer, and is regarded as one of New Zealand's foremost portrait photographers.
For 29 years she was the chief photographer at The New Zealand Listener, after which she took up a career as a freelance photographer. In the past few years she has worked extensively for Red Cross and Oxfam, documenting their relief work in the Pacific Islands, as well as photographing for several leading New Zealand magazines.
Her work has featured in many books, including collections of her own photographs. In 2009 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography, and was also inducted into the Massey University Hall of Fame.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) are experts in cold-climate heritage conservation. A not-for-profit organisation responsible for the conservation of five historic sites in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica including Ernest Shackleton’s, Robert Falcon Scott’s and Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition bases through its world-leading Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.
In January 2015 the Trust completed a major programme of building conservation work and conserved 18,000 artefacts across three sites.
The Trust receives support from the New Zealand Government through Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Antarctica New Zealand, who provide logistical support for the project.
Transport yourself to Antarctica (without leaving home!) via these two Google Maps. Go for a virtual walk in one of the most remote places on earth.
Explore the whaling station on South Georgia Island (as it is today) that Shackleton and his crew fought so hard to reach and from where they were able to organise the rescue of their expedition.
Frozen in time since 1912, explore this building located on the north shore of Cape Evans on Ross Island in Antarctica. It was erected in 1911 by the British Antarctic Expedition of 1910–1913 (also known as the Terra Nova Expedition) led by Robert Falcon Scott and is a tangible reminder of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration.
Voyage to the Deep
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
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+61 2 9298 3777