The Franklin Exploration pop-up display highlights the story of the expedition as well as the discovery of HMS Erebus.

Now on display!

 

A Parks Canada underwater archaeologist collects a marine biological sample from the hull of HMS Erebus. Her final resting place is a mere 11 meters from the surface of the water. 

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is partnering with the Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada as part of the Franklin Museum Network; a collective of 10 Canadian Museums who will share the ongoing story of the Franklin Expedition through pop-up displays and programming. 

THE FRANKLIN EXPLORATION

Join us as we reawaken one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history: the search for the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition, an Arctic venture that went horribly wrong 170 years ago.

The story that has inspired folk songs and travel writing for over a century began in 1845, when British explorer Sir John Franklin set forth on a much-heralded Arctic expedition in pursuit of new scientific knowledge and hoping to find the Northwest Passage. Outfitted with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, and a crew of 134 men, the Franklin expedition was, at the time, the best-equipped mission to venture into the Arctic waters. But three years later, Franklin, his crew, and his two ships still hadn’t returned home, prompting countless search efforts and capturing international attention.

The world’s fascination with this maritime riddle has only grown since the historic discovery of HMS Erebus in 2014, and most recently HMS Terror in 2016. Current archaeological excavation of the wreckage promises to expand our knowledge of the North, of the ocean, and of Franklin’s grisly fate.

The ROM’s new interactive pop-up display, The Franklin Exploration, is your source for learning about this incredible story as it evolves in real time. The pop-up display, which will be featured at ten venues across the country, puts the mysteries of Franklin’s tragic voyage into a historical context of science and exploration, looking at reasons behind the expedition and clues from early search efforts, and connects you to contemporary Arctic investigation, presenting the methodologies and findings of ongoing scientific research in Canada's North.

This nationwide display is the cornerstone of The Franklin Network Outreach Project, an innovative, three-year initiative helmed by the ROM, in collaboration with Parks Canada and the History Museums Network. The ROM and its partners will showcase cutting-edge technology and remarkable findings about the Franklin Expedition through special events, topical lectures, and inspired public programming.

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Franklin Exploration events.

The Franklin Network

Over the next three years, The Franklin Network Outreach Project will bring fascinating material to museums from coast to coast, sharing underwater excavations, traditional Inuit knowledge, and exciting new discoveries. During this time, some of the Franklin Network members will execute outreach work and move their pop-up displays to different locations and cities.

Past Events

Thursday April 21st, 6:00pm - 7:00pm RSVP here

LECTURE: THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION AND ITS LEGACY

The third lecture in our Extremem Explorer Lecture Series discusses the ill-fated Franklin Expedition and the legacy it left behind. Visitors will be able to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow Pattern plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

LIVE ONLINE STREAMING PRESENTATION

11:00 am PST, Online here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/index.aspx

Join Parks Canada and its museum partners across Canada for an online, interactive presentation about Parks Canada’s Franklin Expedition search and new discoveries.

PARKS CANADA INTERPRETATION AT THE VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum visitors are invited to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow Pattern plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell, and try your hands at writing underwater like a Parks Canada diver!

 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

PARKS CANADA INTERPRETATION AT THE VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum visitors are invited to view and handle reproductions of real artifacts rescued from Sir John Franklin’s Erebus. Examine an illuminator, a Blue Willow plate, and a small 3D replica of the HMS Erebus bell, and try your hands at writing underwater like a Parks Canada diver!

LECTURE: THE SEARCH FOR FRANKLIN'S LOST SHIPS AND THE DISCOVERY OF HMS EREBUS

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Eventbrite - The Search for Franklin's Lost Ships & the Discovery of HMS Erebus

In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebusand HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada's Arctic.

For over 150 years, expeditions have been sent to the Canadian Arctic in an attempt to learn the fate of the Franklin expedition. In 2014, there was a breakthrough when an expedition led by Parks Canada found the long-lost wreck of HMS Erebus. The efforts leading to this discovery have been led by Parks Canada since 2008, bringing together government and public, private, and non-profit organizations. The use of both state-of-the-art technology and 19th-century Inuit oral testimony made this historic find possible.

Marty Magne, Director of the Archaeology and History Branch with Parks Canada will share the story on this discovery and what it means to find this lost piece of Canadian history.