Exhibitions

Franklin: Death in the ice exhibition

Death in the ice

Sir John Franklin and his crew were last seen by Europeans in 1845 as they sailed off in ships HMS Erebus and Terror, to find and map the North-West Passage.

Nothing more was heard from the men and despite a series of expeditions to find them, their disappearance has remained a mystery. Until now.

In 2014, the wreck of HMS Erebus was discovered off the coast of Canada, followed by the discovery of HMS Terror in 2016. These are two of the most important archaeological finds in recent history. 

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2016 exhibition

Every year we invite astrophotographers from around the world to send us their best images as part of the Royal Observatory’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. In 2016 we had an amazing response, receiving over 4500 entries from 80 countries. These pictures capture all manner of celestial spectacles: moons, stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae and some of the great astronomical events of the last year. 

A very fashionable Pepys Show: 1660s Glam Frock

In today's guest blog we talk to the Fashion Museum Bath about preparing one particularly striking dress.

Hello, I’m Rosemary from the Fashion Museum Bath, and I’m at the National Maritime Museum for a couple of days helping to get ready for the Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution exhibition, which opens on 20 November 2015.

What does fashion have to do with all those pestilential plights, and what indeed to do with Pepys? Well, quite a lot really – the diarist was a wry observer of what went on in the 1660s, and what was worn (and by whom) did not escape his gaze.

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