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The Wilson

The Enduring Eye

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THE ENDURING EYE: A new photographic exhibition celebrating the Antarctic Legacy of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton during his trip on The Endurance to Antarctica, featuring stunning photography by Frank Hurley.

‘The Enduring Eye’ is an incredible photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic from 1914-17 - with newly digitised images revealing previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival, before and after their ship was destroyed.

The Endurance was completely trapped in ice in early 1915 and sank ten months later – but all expedition members were successfully rescued, having survived on the floating ice.

Images taken by expedition photographer Frank Hurley were selected and saved from the sinking Endurance by Hurley and Shackleton – and have been preserved from the original, fragile glass plate negatives by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The plates vividly capture the spirit of endurance, trust, courage and judgement shared by Shackleton and his team.  Their extraordinary 800-mile rescue voyage in little more than a rowing boat, and the survival of the men and photographic plates, remains unsurpassed in Antarctic history.

Frank Hurley’s breath-taking images powerfully demonstrate how photography can truly bring history to life.

With its connections to Edward Wilson and Antarctic discovery and exploration, The Wilson is a particularly fitting venue for this captivating exhibition. Alongside one of the most dramatic survival stories of the 20th Century, ‘Enduring Eye’ brilliantly captures daily life aboard ship.


Opening Times:

TUE, WED, FRI, SAT: Exhibition opens 9.30 last entry 16.30

THURS: Exhibition opens 9.30 last entry 19.00

SUN: Exhibition opens 11.00 last entry 15.00

MON: Galleries Closed; Tourist Information, Shop & Cafe 9.30-17.15


Under 16's go free!

Carers go free, please speak to reception.

Concessions include: Over 65s, students in full time education, the unemployed and disabled visitors. Please bring proof of identification with you.

24th November - 24th February


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