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"Polar: A Journey Through Time and Ice" Step back in time to the fateful year of 1845, when the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail on their ill-fated expedition

Background imagePolar Collection: Shackleton / Sledging / 1908

Shackleton / Sledging / 1908
Ernest Shackletons expedition reached within 100 miles of the South Pole. Relaying sledges over the rough terrain. Date: 1908

Background imagePolar Collection: Picture No. 12009607

Picture No. 12009607
Polar Bear - bear resting on ice floe - Svalbard, Norway Date:

Background imagePolar Collection: HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1845
Engraving showing HMS Erebus (left) and HMS Terror, pictured on the River Thames, 1845. In 1845 the British Admiralty sent two polar exploration ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

Background imagePolar Collection: Shackleton / Wild / Adams

Shackleton / Wild / Adams
Ernest Shackletons expedition reached within 100 miles of the South Pole. Shackleton, Wild and Adams 178 kilometres from the South Pole

Background imagePolar Collection: Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip

Erebus and Terror, Franklins last trip
The Erebus and Terror leave England on the Franklin polar expedition, never to return

Background imagePolar Collection: Wandering Albatross - Courtship display - Albatross Island - South Georgia - Antarctica JPF30636

Wandering Albatross - Courtship display - Albatross Island - South Georgia - Antarctica JPF30636
JPF-14281 Wandering Albatross - Courtship display Albatross Island - South Georgia - Antarctica Diomedea exulans Jean-Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePolar Collection: Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert

Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), the English naval commander and explorer. A Captain in the Royal Navy, Scott led a number of expeditions to the Antarctic

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier above the sea, Franz Josef Land

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on Champ Island glacier above the sea, Franz Josef Land, Russian Arctic. Highly commended in Animals in their Environment Category of the Wildlife Photographer of

Background imagePolar Collection: Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror, 1845

Captain Francis Crozier of HMS Terror, 1845
Engraving of Captain Francis Crozier (1796-1848) of HMS Terror, pictured shortly before departing on the ill-fated Franklin Arctic expedition of 1845

Background imagePolar Collection: Oronce Fines world map, 1531

Oronce Fines world map, 1531
Oronce Fines world map. Map of the worlds northern and southern hemispheres by the French mathematician and cartographer Oronce Fine (1494-1555)

Background imagePolar Collection: Atlas of Gerardus Mercator, 1595, map of the Arctic to the North Pole and surrounding

Atlas of Gerardus Mercator, 1595, map of the Arctic to the North Pole and surrounding lands within and outside the Arctic Circle

Background imagePolar Collection: Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova

Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912), British polar explorer and leader of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, pictured in his work room on board the Terra Nova

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor Penguin - adults with chicks. Snow hill island - Antarctica

Emperor Penguin - adults with chicks. Snow hill island - Antarctica
WAT-11386 Emperor Penguin - adults with chicks Snow Hill Island, Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar Bear Parent with cubs wearing Christmas hats

Polar Bear Parent with cubs wearing Christmas hats
WAT-5751-c-m Polar Bear - Parent with cubs wearing Christmas hats Ursus maritimus M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). Artist: Briton Riviere

Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). Artist: Briton Riviere
Beyond Mans Footsteps, 1894 (1909). In the icy wilderness around the North Pole. From Harmsworth History of the World, Volume 8, by Arthur Mee, J.A. Hammerton, & A.D. Innes, M.A

Background imagePolar Collection: Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), Billenfjorden, Pyramiden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), Billenfjorden, Pyramiden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Background imagePolar Collection: Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata)

Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) with parasitic copepod (Ommatokoita elongata), under ice, Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, northern Baffin Island, Canada, Arctic

Background imagePolar Collection: King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) crossing water to reach breeding site, South Georgia

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) crossing water to reach breeding site, South Georgia. Taken on location for BBC Frozen Planet series, 2008

Background imagePolar Collection: Picture No. 11049984

Picture No. 11049984
Polar Bear wearing Christmas hat Digital Manipulation Date:

Background imagePolar Collection: Antarctica CH 23 © Clem Haagner / ARDEA LONDON

Antarctica CH 23 © Clem Haagner / ARDEA LONDON
CH-23 ANTARCTICA Glacier Paradise Bay Clem Haagner Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in anyway

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor Penguin - adults with chick. Snow hill island - Antarctica

Emperor Penguin - adults with chick. Snow hill island - Antarctica
WAT-11388 Emperor Penguin - adults with chick Snow Hill Island, Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePolar Collection: FRANKLIN'S WRITING

FRANKLIN'S WRITING
Document transcribed by Sir John Franklin stating that H.M.S Erebus & Terror wintered in the ice at Beechey Island. Informs of his death & signed by Capt.s Crozier & Fitzjames. Date: 28 May 1847

Background imagePolar Collection: Sculpture of a Polar Bear by Francois Pompon

Sculpture of a Polar Bear by Francois Pompon
The work " Ours blanc", also known as " the White Bear" by Francois Pompon (1855-1933) - probably his most famous work - exhibited at the Salon d Automne of 1922 when Pompon was

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) young bear rolling around in the snow, on newly formed pack ice during autumn freeze up, Beaufort Sea, off Arctic coast, Alaska

Background imagePolar Collection: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 - 1922), Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer. Seen here at the age of 40 in windproof garments

Background imagePolar Collection: Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic

Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic
Sir Ernest Shackleton and three members of a polar exploration party, photographed within 111 miles of the South Pole in 1907-9 on board the Nimrod

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Earth. Satellite image of the Earth, centred on Antarctica. The South Pole is at centre. Water is blue, vegetation is green, arid areas are brown, and snow and ice are white

Background imagePolar Collection: Captain Oates Dies

Captain Oates Dies
The young Captain Oates leaves Captain Scotts tent in a blizzard on the return trip from the South Pole and is never seen again

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor Penguin - adult. Snow hill island - Antarctica

Emperor Penguin - adult. Snow hill island - Antarctica
WAT-11152 Emperor Penguin - adult. Snow Hill Island, Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar Bear - Parent with cubs

Polar Bear - Parent with cubs
WAT-5751-c-m2 Polar Bear - parent with cubs Ursus maritimus M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Daniel Osterkamp, Lofoten, Mountain, Mountains, Norway, Panorama, Water, arctic, boat

Daniel Osterkamp, Lofoten, Mountain, Mountains, Norway, Panorama, Water, arctic, boat
This picture shows the city of Reine at the Lofoten in Norway

Background imagePolar Collection: Scott Polar Expedition 1910 - 1912 - Beardmore Glacier

Scott Polar Expedition 1910 - 1912 - Beardmore Glacier
Photograph taken by Captain Scott during the ill-fated polar expedition to the South Pole in 1910 - 1912, showing tents pitched on the way up the Beardmore Glacier

Background imagePolar Collection: Some of the Officers of the British Antarctic expedition

Some of the Officers of the British Antarctic expedition
Officers on board the Terra Nova on its return to New Zealand in February 1913 after the discovery of the bodies of Captain Scott and his companions. From left to right. Back row, Mr

Background imagePolar Collection: The Last Resting Place of Captain Scott

The Last Resting Place of Captain Scott
The inner tent in which Captain Scott and his two companions were discovered taken by a member of the relief party which found the tent on November 12th 1912

Background imagePolar Collection: Scott of the Antarctic - page from The Sphere

Scott of the Antarctic - page from The Sphere
Page from the special Scott of the Antarctic memorial number featuring a photograph of the Scott Antarctic medal, presented to the team after returning from their first successful expedition in 1904

Background imagePolar Collection: A motor sledge which may be used at the South Pole

A motor sledge which may be used at the South Pole
A suggestion for the type of motor sledge to be taken by Captain Scott, who in 1909 had announced his intention to set out on a new expedition to the South Pole

Background imagePolar Collection: The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition

The Terra Nova of Scotts Antarctic Expedition
The ship Terra Nova - the vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott (1868 -1912) for his South Polar Expedition in 1911-12. Built originally for the Dundee whaling and sealing fleet (launched 1884)

Background imagePolar Collection: Captain Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)

Captain Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)
Engraving of Captain Sir John Franklin in his Royal Navy uniform, pictured shortly before departing on his ill-fated Arctic expedition of 1845

Background imagePolar Collection: The Terra Nova, 1910

The Terra Nova, 1910
Sectional illustration of the Terra Nova, the Polar research ship used by Captain R.F. Scott in his Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1912. The Terra Nova was built as a Dundee whaler in 1884

Background imagePolar Collection: Antarctic Krill JPF34583

Antarctic Krill JPF34583
JPF-13408 Antarctic Krill Euphausia superba Jean-Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor Penguin - father staring down at egg as the chick makes its first break in the shell

Emperor Penguin - father staring down at egg as the chick makes its first break in the shell - Antarctica OLI00012
AUS-1932 Emperor Penguin - father staring down at egg as the chick makes its first break in the shell Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri Fred Olivier / Auscape / ardea.com Auscape Please note that

Background imagePolar Collection: Wandering Albatross - In flight, Antarctic region, Islands in the southern ocean JPF30690

Wandering Albatross - In flight, Antarctic region, Islands in the southern ocean JPF30690
JPF-13297 Wandering Albatross - In flight, Antarctic region, Islands in the southern ocean Diomedea exulans Jean-Paul Ferrero Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar Bear - with babies Canada

Polar Bear - with babies Canada
WAT-6089 POLAR BEAR - cuddles baby in snowy woods Canada Ursus maritimus M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor Penguin - Adult with 3 young. Snow hill island Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri

Emperor Penguin - Adult with 3 young. Snow hill island Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri
WAT-10858 Emperor Penguin - Adult with 3 young Snow Hill Island, Antarctica Aptenodytes forsteri M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imagePolar Collection: Polar Bear

Polar Bear
WAT-4623 POLAR BEAR - LYING ON SIDE Ursus maritimus M. Watson Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imagePolar Collection: Portrait of an Arctic Wolf

Portrait of an Arctic Wolf
Jim Cumming

Background imagePolar Collection: Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) viewed through hole in iceberg at Snow Hill Island rookery

Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) viewed through hole in iceberg at Snow Hill Island rookery, Antarctica. November



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"Polar: A Journey Through Time and Ice" Step back in time to the fateful year of 1845, when the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror set sail on their ill-fated expedition. These ships, led by Sir John Franklin, embarked on a journey that would forever be etched in polar history. Erebus and Terror - names that evoke both curiosity and trepidation. They were vessels braving the unknown, venturing into uncharted territories with hopes of discovering new frontiers. Little did they know that this voyage would become their final chapter. Among those aboard were brave souls like Shackleton, Wild, and Adams - men who dared to challenge nature's harshest conditions. Captain Francis Crozier commanded the HMS Terror with unwavering determination as they pushed further into icy realms. Amidst these frozen landscapes emerged an iconic symbol of the Arctic - the majestic polar bear. Ursus maritimus gracefully walked upon Champ Island glacier above the sea, reminding us of nature's resilience even in extreme environments. But life beneath these icy waters was equally captivating. The Greenland shark swam silently through frigid depths while carrying a parasitic copepod called Ommatokoita elongata – a testament to symbiotic relationships thriving even in desolate places. Fast forward to another era where Captain Robert Falcon Scott graced advertisements for Frys Cocoa. This legendary explorer became synonymous with bravery and endurance as he faced harsh Antarctic conditions during his Terra Nova expedition. In this vast wilderness known as Antarctica lies Albatross Island, where wandering albatrosses engage in mesmerizing courtship displays against breathtaking backdrops. Their graceful movements captivate observers' hearts while highlighting nature's wonders. Traveling further back in time brings us to Oronce Fine's world map from 1531 – a glimpse into how early cartographers envisioned our planet before modern exploration revealed its true form. It serves as a reminder of the endless mysteries that polar regions held for centuries. Picture No.