New Exhibitions Open at Stanley’s Historic Dockyard Museum

A major centenary exhibition from the Scott Polar Research Institute By Endurance We Conquer: Shackleton and his Men opens this week in the Historic Dockyard Museum, Stanley, to commemorate the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 which set out to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. It tells the story of the loss of the Endurance, the marooning that followed and the epic journey to find rescue.

The exhibition covers the time spent at Stanley by members of the expedition and includes Shackleton items loaned from the South Georgia Museum as well as a wooden scale model of the James Caird made for the Falklands Museum by polar explorer Seb Coulthard.

Additionally, the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has loaned its multimedia interactive whaling station display to the museum until October. This display, which opened to visitors in South Georgia last season, allows the visitor to virtually explore South Georgia’s former whaling stations. The display uses groundbreaking new laser survey technology, commissioned by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands and Norwegian Government, to digitally record this unique heritage. The exhibit includes archive images from the stations and film interviews of the men who worked in them.

Also at the museum is South Georgia Museum’s display on African Labourers on South Georgia, produced by Commander Chr. Christensen’s Whaling Museum, telling a hitherto largely unknown story about South Georgia’s whaling past.

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