Archive adventures: Polar explorers

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
School subject: 
History, Literacy
National Maritime Museum
Session times: 
Wednesdays at 10.15, 11.15, 12.30 and 13.00
Session price: 
£30 (maximum 15 students)

Stamping snow from his boots, here’s Tom Crean, hero of three trips to Antarctica led by famous explorers Scott and Shackleton.

Tom was one of the toughest of the tough, saving lives with a solo march across the frozen ice and surviving an 800-mile journey across the world’s roughest seas.

Children use real historical documents to find out why adventurers like Tom wanted to explore the freezing Antarctic, and just how they survived such extreme conditions. 

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