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National Maritime Museum - Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition

When Captain Sir John Franklin and his two ships sailed for the Canadian Arctic in 1845, few could have predicted that the voyage would see both his crews - 129 men - perish in some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth after a bitter fight for survival.

The exact reason for the catastrophe has remained a mystery for 170 years, with stories surfacing of the men having endured starvation, madness and even cannibalism. But after the discovery of Franklin’s ships HMS Erebus and Terror in 2014 and 2016, Royal Museums Greenwich are able to present a world-first exhibition that offers insight into how the tragedy unfolded.

Divers are still undertaking extensive searches on the wrecks in order to uncover more clues, while mummified bodies of some of the crew members are undergoing DNA testing. The personal items and archaeological finds in the exhibition – many of them on display for the first time ever – will paint a vivid picture of what humans are capable of when pushed to extremes.

[Image credit] ©NASA images courtesy the Digital Mapping System team, and Operation IceBridge Arctic 2011.

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Exhibition is open from 14 July 2017 to 7 January 2018 only.

Admission: £14

Opening Times:
Daily, 10:00-17:00
Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.

Getting There

Nearest Station: Greenwich

National Maritime Museum,
Park Row,
SE10 9NF

Phone number: 020 8312 6608

Website: www.rmg.co.uk

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