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Monday, 24 January 2011
A Tale of Endurance
Yesterday we went to the Shackleton exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Frank Hurley’s amazing photos of the Endurance expedition are beautiful artworks in their own right as well as a historic record of the exploration team’s struggle to survive.
Seeing the story of the expedition reminded me of the Cheshire-born explorer Admiral Sir George Back (1796-1878). Back sailed on an expedition to the Arctic with Sir John Franklin in 1818, visited the Polar Sea in 1819, and joined Franklin again in 1825. When food supplies ran out in the icy wastes, he was forced to eat his old leather trousers and shoes to survive.
The museum will be a very exciting new facility, but was it really a good idea to site such ultra-modern buildings slap bang in amongst the historic Victorian docks and the much-loved Liver building? Of course we will have to wait to see what they will look like when completed.