Shackleton and the excellent museums of Hull

hull trinity house

Recently I spent a weekend in Hull. To be honest I wasn’t that excited about going to Hull but was looking forward to a weekend away with my friends. What an enormous surprise Hull turned out to be. It’s a stunning little city with a Marina, fabulous architecture and excellent museums. We stayed at Hull Trinity Backpackers Hostel – great location, handy for all the attractions of Hull and a very congenial host.

Shackleton Expedition at Hull Museum

My particular highlight of the city, though, was the Maritime Museum and in particular the exhibition currently on show “Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley”.   The Enduring Eye presents Frank Hurley’s photographs of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) undertaken by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew.

100 years after the epic expedition, Hurley’s photographs remain one of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival. Scanned at the highest resolution from the Royal Geographical Society’s incomparable collection of the original glass plate and celluloid negatives, Hurley’s intrepid documentation of the expedition can be seen in stunning detail through a presentation of large format images in various mediums.

Accompanied by select artefacts from the expedition and a narrative comprised of the logs and diaries of Shackleton and his crew, Endurance brings the incredible story of human survival and the drive to explore unreached territories to life.

hull marina

You’ll have to be quick if you want to see “Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley”  at Hull – as it ends 3rd June 2018.

Moving onto the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh from 16 June to 12 November 2017.    Euro Hostel Edinburgh Halls makes a great base to explore the exhibition and Edinburgh this summer, or for a wider choice of information look at our Map of Hostels in Edinburgh.