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Win tickets to 'Death in the ice: the shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition'

This is a sponsored post on behalf of the National Maritime Museum.

In 1845, Sir John Franklin set sail for the uncharted Canadian Arctic with hopes of uncovering the final stretch of the fabled North-West Passage. Tragically, all 129 men on the expedition were to perish in some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth after enduring lead poisoning, starvation, madness and even cannibalism.

Despite countless search expeditions – resulting in the loss of many more lives – the reason for the catastrophe had remained a mystery for 170 years. But after the discovery of Franklin’s ships in 2014 and 2016, the National Maritime Museum is able to present a world-first exhibition that offers insight into how the tragedy unfolded.

Divers are still undertaking extensive searches on the wrecks in order to uncover more clues, while mummified bodies of some of the crew members are undergoing DNA testing.

With once-lost personal items and recent archaeological finds included in the exhibition – many of them on display for the first time ever – Death in the ice paints a vivid picture of what humans are capable of when pushed to extremes.

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Two tickets to the exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The Exhibition runs from 14 July 2017–7 January 2018. Competition closes 17th August 2017.



Terms & Conditions

You must be over 16 years old to enter the competition.

The prize comprises two tickets to the National Maritime Museum’s special exhibition ‘Death in the ice: the shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition’. The competition winner must redeem the prize by 7 January 2018, and it can only be redeemed Monday-Friday, during normal Museum opening hours (as advertised), and is not valid for any special event, lecture or late opening. Last admission is one hour before closing.

This competition is non-transferable, cannot be resold and no cash alternative will be offered. Royal Museums Greenwich reserves the right to refuse entry. General Museum entry regulations apply.