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 ‘Antarctic Witness’ is an incredible photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic, from 1914-17 – illustrating the Endurance crew’s epic struggle for survival, before and after their ship was destroyed. 

On loan from the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), this is one of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival and will be exhibited for FREE at Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery from January 29th until June 1st 2019. 

The Endurance was completely trapped in ice in early 1915 and sank some ten months later – but all expedition members were successfully rescued, having survived on the floating ice. 

Images taken by expedition photographer Frank Hurley were selected and saved from the sinking Endurance by Hurley and Shackleton – and have been preserved from the original, fragile glass plate negatives by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). 

The plates vividly capture the spirit of endurance, trust, courage and judgement shared by Shackleton and his team.  Their extraordinary 800-mile rescue-voyage in little more than a rowing boat, and the survival of the men and photographic plates, remains unsurpassed in Antarctic history.


Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery
Clydebank Town Hall
5 Hall Street
G81 1UB


Showing from 29 January 2019 until 01 June 2019

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.30pm


Admission Free