Sir John Franklin was was an officer in the Royal Navy and an Arctic explorer. He made three attempts to find and map the North-West Passage, dying on his last attempt, along with all 128 crewmen.
This exhibition is now closed
On display for the first time
Franklin's expedition left England in 1845 but would never return and the disappearance of Franklin, his crew and the two ships 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. As Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team brings to light the ships' contents, Death in the ice saw some of the discoveries – including personal items, clothing and components of the ships – displayed in Britain for the first time.