A Tour in British Sign Language with Deaf Guide, John Wilson.
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.
Prof Andrew Lambert addresses the outstanding questions of the Franklin expedition. What happened to the 129 officers and men who sailed in the two ships? Why did the crews abandon ship on the north-west coast of King William Island? Why was the expedition entrusted to Franklin who, by his own admission, was no longer fit for exploring duty? Why was it so hard to find the remains of the expedition, then and now, and above all what purpose did this costly enterprise serve?
Drawing comparisons between how Europeans have used Inuit testimony in the past, such as in the search for the Franklin Expedition of 1845, this presentation explores the role of Inuit testimony, knowledge and authority in climate change research and public awareness campaigns.
It highlights the diverse perspectives and strategies Inuit use to control northern narratives of climate change.
Author and polar guide Kari Herbert draws on her own experience of a polar-exploring family to tell the dramatic 'behind the scenes' stories of the heroic age of exploration.
Herbert's vivid storytelling brings to life three remarkable women: sculptor Kathleen Scott; Jo Peary - the first white woman to travel in the high Arctic, and the indomitable Jane Franklin, and shows how these women played a crucial role in supporting their husbands’ expeditions.
The ships will be anchored at two Tall Ships Festival villages, one at Greenwich town centre, the other at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. A huge Parade of Sail will start at about 5pm on Sunday 16 April, with around 40 huge Tall Ships and other vessels sailing down the Thames in convoy.
The newly reopened House also celebrates its 400th anniversary with a major new art display, showcasing over 450 works of art by such masters as Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds. The historic Great Hall ceiling also features a spectacular new work in gold leaf by Turner Prize-winning artist Richard Wright.