Events: What's On

You don't need to go all the way to the Antarctica to get a taste of what life is and was like on the frozen continent.  Part of our work in bringing Antarctic heritage to life is either running exclusive events for our members, providing access to other interesting events or simply keeping you up to date on the most exciting Antarctic events taking place.  Discover here the latest polar-themed events taking place around the UK and if you don't see something that takes your fancy this time around, bookmark the page and come back again!

Family Fun Day at the National Library of Scotland
Friday 28th July 11:00 - 16:00

On Friday 28th July the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust will be going to the National Library of Scotland to host a Family Fun Day from 11:00 - 16:00. There will be a range of fun activities from storytelling to Antarctic dress up as well as engaging interactive tours of the exhibition. This promises to be a fun day out perfect for the Summer Holiday. If you would like to find out more you can email

Dynamic Earth - Polar Extremes
Until Monday 28th August 2017

With experts forecasting a heatwave this summer, we are keeping our visitors cool with a host of extra polar-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy. Come and uncover a world of incredible experiences at some of earth's most extreme environments. Get your hands on a real iceberg as part of your time-travelling journey, and after your tour of our amazing galleries, enjoy additional activities included with your admission.

For more information click here

Antarctica: Life in a hostile Land - The Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
5 June – 17 September

On Monday 5 June 2017, “Antarctica: Life in a hostile land”, is coming to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. This new exhibition promises to offer an exciting insight into our relationship with the most hostile continent on Earth.

“Antarctica: Life in a hostile land”, offers a thrillingly interactive experience, with a combination of prized historic exhibits and modern day technology that will allow you to become immersed in the wonders of the Antarctic continent.

The exhibition gives you the opportunity to explore the changes in human relationships with Antarctica and its inhabitants from the early 1900s, right up to the important scientific research conducted there today.

For more details click here

RGS Enduring Eye Exhibition - The National Library of Scotland
16 June 2017-12 November 2017

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, 'Enduring eye' honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the 'Endurance' expedition of 1914-1917.

Shackleton's official expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, documented the expedition under the most extreme circumstances. His photographs provide a lasting record of the men of the 'Endurance' and their story.

Showcasing Hurley's images alongside items from the Library's polar collections, the exhibition tells the fascinating and enduring story of the expedition.

'Enduring eye' has been created by the Royal Geographical Society, with additional items on show from National Library of Scotland collections.

Death in the ice - National Maritime Museum
14th July 2017 - 7th January 2018

Despite being in the Arctic (aka 'the other place') 'Death in the ice' promises to be an outstanding exhibition as it explores the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew on their final expedition, a mystery that still remains unsolved today. For more details visit the National Maritime Museum website by clicking here


Little Explorers
Monday 11th September: 10.00am to 10.45am & 11.15am - 12pm - The Polar Museum, Cambridge

The Polar Museum invite you on an adventure to explore the Poles through story and play. A different story and playtime activity each month.

Places cost £1.50 per child payable on arrival. 1 year olds and under are free.

For under 5s only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please come ready to start at 10am.

Please book by emailing stating your child's full name and age.

Teaching a Polar Project?
Wednesday 25th October 2017- The Polar Museum, Cambridge

Are you looking for activity ideas and inspiration for your polar project? The Polar Museum can help with resources, information, multi-disciplinary ideas, handling collections and activities for your classroom.

This session would also benefit teachers who have booked a self-guided visit to the Polar Museum.

For more information or to book a place please contact

Free session suitable for teachers of KS1, KS2 or KS3 classes.


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Press Enquiries

We are very keen to promote the important heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story about us, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements or +44 (0)1223 813 557.