Enduring Eye – Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Exhibition

Enduring Eye – is an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. It’s about Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition and has been on since June but closes in a couple of weeks, we just got around to visiting it a couple of days ago. If you’re near Edinburgh and you’re interested in explorers and the Antarctic then you might find it interesting.

The photographs are amazingly clear and there’s even some film footage of Endurance breaking up as she was crushed by the ice. The expedition was from 1914 to 1917 and of course when they did get back from being marooned on Elephant Island for months the men had a lot of news to catch up with, World War 1 had barely started when they left Blighty.

You can see a lot of Frank Hurley‘s Endurance photographs here. He was an Australian and he went on to become a war photographer and took many of the iconic images of World War 1.

There are some artifacts on display too, but it’s really the photographs that are most interesting. You can see more photos here, mainly of the inside of the ship, showing what it was like for the men.

8 thoughts on “Enduring Eye – Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Exhibition

    • Niranjana,
      How interesting, I’m impressed that such things are still being taught in schools. I well remember feeling chuffed when I could still help my boys with their mathematics – but that didn’t last very long!

    • Valerie,
      Thanks for that interesting link. Definitely heroic times, especially when you consider that they didn’t have any of the modern warm clothing that people now wear – just for going out and about in winter.

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