The historic heart of Stanley

By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men

Kindly sponsored by Mrs Jan Cheek

Three very special exhibitions related to Antarctica and South Georgia have opened at the Historic Dockyard Museum this month that will run through the winter and beyond.

A major centenary exhibition from the Scott Polar Research Institute’s Polar Museum, By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men commemorates Sir Ernest Shackleton’s  Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17, which set out to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Shackleton and his men survived one of the worst disasters in Antarctic history: their ship Endurance was crushed and sank, and the outside world was unaware of their predicament or location. The exhibition tells the epic story of the expedition and how Shackleton and his men overcame the immense challenges they faced.

The exhibition includes a panel on Shackleton’s time in  Stanley in 1916, as well as historic Shackleton items loaned from the South Georgia Museum , and a wooden scale model of the Endurance  lifeboat - the James Caird made for the Falklands Museum by Seb Coulthard.

The exhibition was officially opened  on 31st May, 100 years to the day that Sir Ernest Shackleton, along with Frank Worsley and Tom Crean, arrived in the Islands to organise the rescue of their companions marooned on Elephant Island.

But that’s not all – until October, these two exhibitions can also be enjoyed at the museum:

Whaling Station Multimedia Interactive Kiosk
A multimedia interactive kiosk which allows the visitor to virtually explore the whaling station at Grytviken, South Georgia, see photographs and hear stories from the days of whaling – produced by the Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands in association with the Norwegian Government.

African Labourers on South Georgia
South Georgia Museum’s two-panel exhibition African Labourers on South Georgia, produced by Commander Chr. Christensen’s Whaling Museum, telling a story which is largely unknown.

The Falklands Museum will also be running a programme of related activities and presentations over the course of the winter.