Get your Passport to the Northwest Passage at the Esplanade with the Opening Program of Ingenium’s Travelling Exhibition, Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship
Medicine Hat–Uncover the mysteries of the ill-fated Franklin expedition on November 17 from 1-3 PM at the Esplanade free family-fun program: Passport to the Northwest Passage. Try your hand at investigative activities and piece together clues to discover the story and earn your passport.
Passport to the Northwest Passage
History, science and art converge at the numerous activity stations offered at this unique program themed around and marking the opening of Ingenium’s (formerly the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation) traveling exhibition, Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship. “It is a real community effort to put this program together. It is with the help of enthusiastic local partners that we are able to offer such diverse learning experiences to families. While it is geared toward youth and their families, I think that you can enjoy a number of these stations at any age. I know I’m interested to try some of these activities myself and there is also the added bonus of free gallery admission and refreshments,” says Candace Loder, Acting Art Curatorial/Education Assistant and program organizer.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in experiments with PRAXIS (the Southeast Alberta Science Outreach Network), play archaeology themed games with the Southeast Alberta Archaeology Society, see diving equipment up close and chat with a member of the Medicine Hat Fire Department Aquatics Rescue team, as well as practice deductive reasoning and create narrative art through collage with Esplanade staff and volunteers.
Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship
“The Esplanade regularly curates engaging in-house heritage exhibitions created from local history. When we book travelling exhibitions it allows us to widen that content to include exhibitions of provincial and national relevance, as well as expertise from additional fields of study such as science and technology. This allows us to offer fresh visitor experiences and learning opportunities that are available in larger city centres, right here in Medicine Hat. We’re very excited to be hosting Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship here at the Esplanade,” says Joanne Marion, Superintendent of Exhibitions & Collection.
Ever since explorers began searching for a Northwest Passage over 400 years ago, the Arctic has been a fascinating and important area of study, rich with drama, adventure, even tragedy. Using artifacts, images, audiovisual presentations, and art, Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship examines Arctic exploration past and present, profiles the explorers involved in the search for the Northwest Passage, and decodes the mysteries of the Franklin Expedition of 1845, in which an entire crew vanished in the Arctic during an ill-fated search. These stories are told using artifacts such as instruments and objects dating from the same period as the Franklin Expedition, as well as contemporary scientific objects used by present-day scientists investigating the high Arctic. New additions to the exhibition include recent Parks Canada photographs of the HMS Terror, as well as photographs and videos from the discovery of HMS Erebus.
“The discoveries of the wrecks of the Franklin Expedition ships in the Canadian North are significant archaeological and historical achievements. We are glad to share Echoes in the Ice across the country to help Canadians learn more about the compelling story, and to help them live history as it unfolds through this exhibition.” Fern Proulx, interim President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
The exhibition is a co-production of Gone West Productions and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, with the generous support of Natural Resources Canada and Parks Canada.
On Saturday November 17 from 1-3 PM at the Esplanade, people of all ages can take advantage of free admission into the galleries and guidance will be available from the Esplanade’s friendly docents. Whether visitors prefer to browse or linger, enjoy a solitary experience, or wish to share and chat, the Esplanade’s program Passport to the Northwest Passage for the Ingenium travelling exhibition Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin's Ship offers a fun hands-on experience for all ages. For more information on the exhibition and program, visit the Esplanade website.
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Superintendent Curation, Galleries & Exhibitions
Acting Art Curatorial and Education Assistant