Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition

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Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition
'HMS Erebus in the Ice', 1846 © National Maritime Museum, London.

We all know about Captain Scott and his ill-fated expedition into the Antarctic. But who remembers John Franklin and the voyage into the North-West Passage of the Arctic? Both ships he took there went missing, and in the following years, dark stories of scurvy and cannibalism arrived in Britain. This exhibition delves into what really happened to Franklin and his crew in the freezing Arctic wastes. 

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This was a fascinating exhibition about a topic I didn't really know too much about.  Franklin's story is both impressive and incredibly sad.  The mystery of what happened to the expedition will hopefully be solved soon!  The exhibit was full of artefacts and impressive in size.  It was set out really well and was great value for money.


It’s hard to review an exhibition - not everyone will find the subject matter as fascinating as others. But for those who love maritime history (or generally anything to do with ships) with a dash of mystery, then you'll absolutely love this exhibition.

Firstly, the exhibition is absolutely thorough, telling you everything there is to know about Sir Franklin’s doomed exploration from the vessels that brought the crew to it's perilous end to the name’s of each individual crew members onboard. There are even interactive projections that bring to life the exhibition. It’s not all just gaze and admires. There’s a ton of trinkets and pics, memos and relics including stopwatches - amazing to think that these objects came from the 29th century and was uncovered from the seabed more than 150 years later. 

Special mention must also go to the museum for creating an ethereal atmosphere complete with the sound of creaking ships. It's not the largest exhibition, but I was so fascinated that it took me over 2 hours to complete my trail.

If there's one item that made me go wow, it is the site of a sailor. It’s not round for long, so make the first exhibition you see in the new year a good one - make it this.