If you want to shiver late into April then the icy arctic scenes on show in this free exhibition at Manchester’s Central Library will put you in the mood.
‘Enduring Eye’ is a photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic from 1914-17. You can see newly-digitised images which reveal previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival before and after their ship was destroyed.
The Endurance was completely trapped in ice in early 1915 and sank ten months later but all expedition members were successfully rescued, having survived on the floating ice.
Images taken by expedition photographer Frank Hurley were selected and saved from the sinking Endurance by Hurley and Shackleton and have been preserved from the original, fragile glass plate negatives by the Royal Geographical Society.
The plates capture the spirit of endurance and courage of Shackleton and his team and the story of their extraordinary 800-mile rescue voyage, in little more than a rowing boat, and the amazing survival of the men (and photographic plates) remains unsurpassed in Antarctic history.
‘Enduring Eye’ is the first major exhibition to be held at Central Library’s new dedicated Exhibition Hall on the building’s first floor.
Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Enterprise and Resources from Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said: “We are delighted to be working with Central Library as the first UK tour venue for the exhibition and local links project; giving us the opportunity to share this extraordinary story through our Collections with the widest audience possible.”
Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley – 1st Floor Exhibition Hall – Saturday 9 April to Saturday 11 June (free)
[Pic: Hauling a boat over ice]