Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley exhibition at Hull’s Maritime Museum

9 March 2018

Enduring Eye exhibition opened today at Hull’s Maritime Museum, Victoria Square, to showcase the ways in which the men’s experiences of Antarctica were shared and understood at the time.

The exhibition is a beautiful photographic record of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic, from 1914-17. The photographs have been enhanced to show unseen details of how the crew  battled to survive before their boat was demolished and after.

Ahead of the exhibition, Hayley Crop and another volunteer researched the connections between the expedition and Hull. Their research was linked to a Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) project called Shackleton’s Endurance: Discovering our Shared Antarctic Heritage, which was enabled by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to explore local links to the Endurance expedition.

The volunteers selected key items from the collections of Hull Museums for conservation and display alongside the photographs. Previous to the exhibition many books had been written about the struggles, however the researchers from this exhibition found out more details that contradicted some publications.

Hayley Cropp, Head of Enterprise and Resources, said:

James Vincent was seen as a bully before from the book. A previous researcher obviously didn’t look into depth of the diaries but after reading the diaries of the seamen it states he was actually a really genuine guy. He helped Charles Green off the ice when they got trapped before trying to sort himself out.

“Something I found particularly interesting was Vincent was married with children before he left on the exhibition so it would have taken a toll on him during this with no contact. The saddest thing I found was one of his daughters had actually died whilst he was away but obviously he didn’t know until he returned back because there was no contact.”


The exhibition features a pair of boots worn by Vincent aboard the vessel.

Another aspect researchers found was Hull had a long association with Arctic and Antarctic exploration. With Britain’s biggest fishing fleet and, before that, its largest whaling fleet, the city’s seamen were comfortable negotiating the harsh waters of the North Sea and Arctic Ocean.

The museum is free entry, opening times are below:

Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 11am–4:30pm
Monday 10am–5pm
Tuesday 10am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–5pm




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