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Shackleton’s Endurance expedition images at Manchester Central Library


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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    'Enduring Eye' is an incredible photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton's exploration of the Antarctic, from 1914-17 - with newly digitised images revealing 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 some 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 (with IBG).

    The plates vividly capture the spirit of endurance, trust, courage and judgement shared by Shackleton and his team. Their extraordinary 800-mile rescue-voyage in little more than a rowing boat, and the survival of the men and photographic plates, remains unsurpassed in Antarctic history.


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