Archive journeys : Polar Exploration

Archive Journeys are held every Thursday at 2.30pm in the E-Library, and are an excellent opportunity for visitors to experience some of our most famous historical moments and figures first hand. Showcasing documents and treasures you may not otherwise see, they are a must for any Museum visitor! Polar Exploration…

The Northwest Passage

This summer, the European Space Agency (ESA) reported that the Northwest (or North West) Passage was fully clear of ice for the first time since records began.

Notes on Arctic equipment for spring travelling

September’s item of the month is Lieutenant Francis Leopold McClintock’s notebook: Notes on Arctic Equipment for Spring Travelling, drawn up at Port Royal 1867. Caird Library ref: MCL/37. Lieutenant Francis Leopold McClintock (1819-1907) became famous as the man who discovered the remains of Sir John Franklin’s expedition to find the…

The Quest for the Northwest Passage

This truly is a gorgeous book. And it’s not just me that thinks so – everyone who has walked past my shelf of recently catalogued books lately has been picking it up. Bound in teal blue with an illustrated spine and silver lettering, The Quest for the Northwest Passage is…