Our current exhibition runs from January 4th 2017 to the end of April:
Yorkshire’s connections with Antarctica
Our new exhibition reveals three interesting links between Yorkshire and the Antarctic. Firstly, 2017 marks the centenary of the return to Britain of Ernest Shackleton after his traumatic escape from disaster in Antarctica. Six crewmen aboard the expedition ship, Endurance, fished, worked or lived in Yorkshire. Ernest Shackleton was on an earlier expedition with Captain Scott and Scott’s wife supplied the team with ganseys, one of which will be on display.
The second link is that the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre’s president, Martin Johnson, travelled to South Georgia and Elephant Island in 2012 and retraced Shackleton’s voyage. Martin’s amazing photographs will be on show and reveal the stunning landscapes that bring to life the beauty and harshness of Antarctica.
Finally, a rather unexpected connection with Yorkshire is that a steam trawler, the Viola-Dias, built in Beverley in 1906, lies abandoned in South Georgia. She was a typical steam trawler used on the Yorkshire Coast and was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a minesweeper in World War One. She ended up in Antarctic waters on sealing trips. She has been rusting away since the 1960s but a group in Hull is hoping to bring her back home and restore her for Hull’s City of Culture in 2017.
Alongside the exhibition we have all our previous exhibitions in browser files and a well stocked library of local history and maritime books & literature. (See 'our archives' list here: Our Archives)
Our normal opening hours are 11am to 4pm, every Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. Entrance is free.