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

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In a world first, a major new exhibition Death in the Ice: The Shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition comes to the UK for the first time in July 2017. The exhibition explores the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition – a mystery that still remains unsolved today.

Europeans last saw Sir John Franklin and his 128-man crew in Baffin Bay in July 1845, as HMS Erebus and Terror sailed to find the North-West Passage. This was the biggest expedition that Britain had ever sent to the Arctic region. Two years later, nothing more had been heard from the men and the Admiralty launched a series of expeditions in an attempt to find them. 

Over the course of the next 30 years, news filtered back to Britain of the deaths of the entire crew through a combination of scurvy and starvation, and speculation of cannibalism and potential madness. And all the while Erebus, Terror, Franklin and most of his crew were still nowhere to be found.

Uncover the mystery of Franklin's lost crew - was it scurvy, starvation or even cannibalism?

Uncover the mystery of Franklin's lost crew - was it scurvy, starvation or even cannibalism?

See finds from the wreck of HMS Erebus on display for the first time since their recovery

See finds from the wreck of HMS Erebus on display for the first time since their recovery

Can forensic science provide answers about what happened to Franklin's men?

Can forensic science provide answers about what happened to Franklin's men?

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Opening times: 
14 July 2017–7 Jan 2018 | 10am–5pm daily
Location: 
National Maritime Museum
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