Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage – British Library

I finally got around to seeing the free Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage exhibition at the British Library, after attending a talk last year about the finding of HMS Erebus near Canada. The exhibition was recently extended to 19 April, so you still have a few weeks to see it.

It tells the story of humanity’s interest in and travel to the Arctic from the earliest times onward, with a wealth of written and printed material relating to the subject including Inuit woodcuts, early printed books, Russian maps and, later, photographs. Interestingly, there is also information about Santa Claus and how his place of residence was “moved” from Finland to the North Pole as interest in the Pole grew.

Fiction, factual accounts, and evocative pictures combine to bring the story to life. Definitely worth popping in to see.