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Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage

14 November 2014 to 29 March 2015 

The Folio Society Gallery - admission free

HMS Assistance and Pioneer in  Winter Quarters: returning daylight

HMS Assistance and Pioneer in Winter Quarters: returning daylight

Lines in the Ice examines why Europeans are drawn to explore the Arctic and, in particular, the fabled Northwest Passage. Arctic exploration has influenced our culture, changed the societies of indigenous peoples, and had a powerful effect on the making of the modern world.

The exhibition displays early European maps of the Arctic, Inuit accounts of the coming of the explorers, writings from the search for Franklin, early Arctic photography and much more. It also unearths the history of the North Pole’s most famous resident – Santa. 

We uncover the beauty, drama and importance of the Arctic, from the distant past up to the present day.

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