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Type Member events
Date and Times Wednesday 2 June | 6.30pm-7.30pm
Prices Free | Members only

Madhouse at the End of The Earth tells the true-life horror story of the Belgica, a ship that set sail from Europe in 1897, intent upon becoming the first scientific expedition ever to reach the South Pole. What began as an audacious mission morphed into an epic struggle for survival. The crew became the first adventurers to face the brutal Antarctic winter, completely cut off from the world, locked in the ice for over a year.

As the men battled blizzards, hunger, depression, rats and scurvy, some became inconsolable, some mad, while others were consumed by a mysterious malady that turned them into living corpses. It was down to the strongest characters to step up: namely a maverick surgeon called Dr Frederick Cook and the first mate, a young Norwegian adventurer by the name of Roald Amundsen. 

Author Julian Sancton will discuss his book, and this amazing voyage, with Royal Museums Greenwich curator Jeremy Michell, alongside questions from the audience.

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