One new exhibition sheds light on the fate that befell John Franklin after he vanished without trace, along with his crew and two ships in 1845. Elsewhere, you can meet the UK scientists poised to change the worldby Anjana Ahuja / June 22, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in July 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich 14th July to 7th Jan 2018
In 1845, John Franklin set sail from England to map the Northwest passage in the Canadian Arctic. He, his crew and his two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, vanished without trace. Frantic expeditions to find them proved fruitless. Then, in a sensational discovery, Erebus was located off the Canadian coast in 2014. Terror was found two years later. Many believe that the ships became locked in the ice, and that the crew, who abandoned ship, later starved, with some resorting to cannibalism. This major new exhibition—the first time that clothing and other personal items from the expedition have been seen in Britain—applies forensic science to shed light on the unknown fate that befell Franklin and his men. Visitors can draw their own conclusions about one of the most beguiling mysteries in the history of human exploration.