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Tour of Enduring Eye Exhibition with Alasdair Macleod
Wed 25 May 2016, 14:00 – 16:00 BST
Alasdair Macleod from the Royal Geographical Society will be leading a tour of Enduring Eye, an exhibition honouring the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917.
Newly digitised images reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival both before and after their ship was destroyed.
At the heart of the exhibition are more than ninety high resolution images, taken by Shackleton’s official expedition photographer Frank Hurley, and saved by him under the most extreme circumstances to provide a lasting record of the men of the Endurance and their story.
In addition to the newly digitised images, the exhibition will include a number of ‘precious survivors’ – personal artefacts that were carried through every stage of the successive journeys for survival from the Weddell Sea to Elephant Island and onto South Georgia. These include the Bible from the Society’s collections, originally presented to Shackleton by Queen Alexandra on visiting the Endurance on 16 July 1914 and inscribed by her.
The exhibition has been researched, written and curated by Meredith Hooper, the Antarctic historian, writer and broadcaster, from original source material in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, whilst also drawing also on information provided by descendants of some of the 28 men on the expedition.
Alasdair Macleod has worked as Head of Enterprise and Resources at Royal Geographical Society since 2007. He will lead a tour of the exhibition and answer questions.