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"Unveiling the Uncharted: A Journey through the Eyes of Explorers" Embarking on daring expeditions, these intrepid explorers have left an indelible mark on history

Background imageExplorer Collection: SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary

SIR EDMUND HILLARY (1919-2008). New Zealand mountaineer and explorer. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay near the summit of Mount Everest, 28 May 1953

Background imageExplorer Collection: Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert

Captain Robert Falcon Scott - Frys Cocoa Advert
Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912), the English naval commander and explorer. A Captain in the Royal Navy, Scott led a number of expeditions to the Antarctic

Background imageExplorer Collection: British Empire world map, 19th century

British Empire world map, 19th century
British Empire world map. This world map shows the 19th-century British Empire (pink) and its indigenous peoples. Five illustrations (clockwise from upper left) show the people of Australia

Background imageExplorer Collection: HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage

HMS Beagle Ship laid up Darwins Voyage
" Beagle laid ashore, River Santa Cruz". Copperplate engraving, art by Conrad Martens, engraved by T. Landseer. Published by H. Colburn 1838

Background imageExplorer Collection: Astronaut on Moon with Earth

Astronaut on Moon with Earth

Background imageExplorer Collection: Vasco da Gama in India

Vasco da Gama in India
Portuguese Colonial History Series - Vasco da Gama has an audience with The King of Calicut (Kozhikode), the Samudiri (Zamorin) in May 1498

Background imageExplorer Collection: Apollo 17 astronaut

Apollo 17 astronaut. US astronaut and geologist Dr Harrison Schmitt exploring the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon, as part of NASAs Apollo 17 mission

Background imageExplorer Collection: Astronaut footprints on the Moon

Astronaut footprints on the Moon. Computer artwork recreating a photograph of boot imprints left by astronauts on the Moon

Background imageExplorer Collection: APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon

APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Neil Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor
APOLLO 11: BUZZ ALDRIN. Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin standing on moon. Armstrong and Eagle reflected in his visor, 20 July 1969

Background imageExplorer Collection: PEXP2D-00013

PEXP2D-00013
Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with their Native American guide Sacagawea. Digital photograph of a bronze statue in Charlottesville Virginia

Background imageExplorer Collection: Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779

Captain Cook killed by Hawaiian natives, 1779
Death of English explorer Captain James Cook in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a painting

Background imageExplorer Collection: Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)
Photograph of Sir Richard Francis Burton, the English explorer, linguist and diplomat. A master of up to 30 languages, Burton made a pilgrimage to Mecca disguised as a Pathan in 1853

Background imageExplorer Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of the explorers Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron

Background imageExplorer Collection: COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery

COOK: HMS RESOLUTION. Commanded by Captain James Cook on his second and third voyages of discovery. Watercolor by Midshipman Henry Roberts, a member of the ships company

Background imageExplorer Collection: Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova

Captain Scott in his workshop on board Terra Nova
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912), British polar explorer and leader of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole in 1912, pictured in his work room on board the Terra Nova

Background imageExplorer Collection: Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers

Map of Africa illustrating travels of explorers
A map of Africa which illustrates the travels of Livingstone, Stanley and Cameron. Date: 19th Century

Background imageExplorer Collection: Shackleton / Graphic 1914

Shackleton / Graphic 1914
ERNEST SHACKLETON Irish Antartic explorer, photographed before his bid to cross the Antartic continent in 1914

Background imageExplorer Collection: [The Ascent of Mont Blanc], 1861. Creator: Auguste-Rosalie Bisson

[The Ascent of Mont Blanc], 1861. Creator: Auguste-Rosalie Bisson
[The Ascent of Mont Blanc], 1861

Background imageExplorer Collection: Shackleton Portrait

Shackleton Portrait
ERNEST SHACKLETON Naval officer and explorer of the Antarctic. Date: 1874 - 1922

Background imageExplorer Collection: ROALD AMUNDSEN (1872-1928). Norwegian polar explorer. Captain Amundsen at the wheel of his ship

ROALD AMUNDSEN (1872-1928). Norwegian polar explorer. Captain Amundsen at the wheel of his ship, departing for the North Pole. Photograph, c1920

Background imageExplorer Collection: Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)

Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, pub. 1864. Creator: Thomas Baines (1820-75)
Victoria Falls: The Leaping Water, from Explorations in South West Africa, pub. 1864 (colour lithograph). made in collaboration with James Chapman (1831-1872)

Background imageExplorer Collection: Amundsens Tent at the South Pole, January 1912, (1913). Artist: Henry Bowers

Amundsens Tent at the South Pole, January 1912, (1913). Artist: Henry Bowers
Amundsens Tent at the South Pole, January 1912, (1913). Expedition leader Captain Robert F Scott (1868-1912), Dr Edward Wilson (1872-1912) and Petty Officer Edgar Evans (1876-1912)

Background imageExplorer Collection: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, polar explorer
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 - 1922), Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer. Seen here at the age of 40 in windproof garments

Background imageExplorer Collection: Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic

Sir Ernest Shackleton and others, Antarctic
Sir Ernest Shackleton and three members of a polar exploration party, photographed within 111 miles of the South Pole in 1907-9 on board the Nimrod

Background imageExplorer Collection: Raphus cucullatus, dodo

Raphus cucullatus, dodo
Plate 1 from Memoirs on the Dodo by Sir Richard Owen, 1866

Background imageExplorer Collection: 1775 Captain James Cook explorer

1775 Captain James Cook explorer
James Cook, Captain of HMS Barc Endeavour (b. 7th November 1728 - d. 14th February 1779). Steel engraving by E. Scriven 1833 with later hand colouring, after the painting by N

Background imageExplorer Collection: Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)

Roald Amundsen (1872-1928)
Photograph of Captain Roald Engelbreth Gravning Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer, in his cold weather clothing and skis, Antarctica, 1912

Background imageExplorer Collection: A. B. Cheetham, (The boatswain of the Terra Nova), c1910–1913, (1913)

A. B. Cheetham, (The boatswain of the Terra Nova), c1910–1913, (1913)
A.B. Cheetham, (The boatswain of the Terra Nova), c1910– 1913, (1913). Alfred Cheetham (1866-1918) was a member of several Antarctic expeditions

Background imageExplorer Collection: SIR HENRY MORTON STANLEY (1841-1904). English journalist and explorer

SIR HENRY MORTON STANLEY (1841-1904). English journalist and explorer. Photographed in full tropical kit, probably on his triumphant return to England in 1872 after finding David Livingstone

Background imageExplorer Collection: John Dee and Edward Kelly

John Dee and Edward Kelly
John Dee, English alchemist, mathematician and astrologer, with his assistant Edward Kelly, medium, alchemist and sorcerer

Background imageExplorer Collection: JACQUES COUSTEAU (1910-1997). French oceanographer. Cousteau climbing into his Diving Saucer

JACQUES COUSTEAU (1910-1997). French oceanographer. Cousteau climbing into his Diving Saucer on board the Calypso docked in New York Harbor in August 1959

Background imageExplorer Collection: Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s

Sir Richard Burton in India, 1800s
British explorer Richard Burton in native Indian dress, 1848. Hand-colored half tone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExplorer Collection: Percy H Fawcett, British explorer

Percy H Fawcett, British explorer
PERCY H FAWCETT British explorer who disappeared while exploring the Matto Grosso of Brazil

Background imageExplorer Collection: Lonely Monument o Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton

Lonely Monument o Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton
circa 1922: The monument to Irish explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton on the main island of South Georgia. He died of a heart attack and was buried there in 1922, having returned to the spot on the Quest

Background imageExplorer Collection: Cabral and Coutinho fly from Portugal to Brazil

Cabral and Coutinho fly from Portugal to Brazil
Gabo Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral - Portuguese aviators who flew from Lisbon, Portugal to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1922 in a Fairey IIIB Float plane- the first time this feat was achieved

Background imageExplorer Collection: Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892)

Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892)
Henry Walter Bates FRS FLS FGS was an English naturalist and explorer who gave the first scientific account of mimicry in animals. Born in Leicester 8 February 1825, died London, 16 February 1892

Background imageExplorer Collection: The Trireme of Pytheas

The Trireme of Pytheas
Pytheas, a Greek geographer and explorer from the Greek colony Massalia (modern day Marseilles) commands a large trireme, travelling around a large part of modern day Britain. Date: 4th Century B.C

Background imageExplorer Collection: NINA: WORLD MAP, 1500. World map, 1500, of Juan de la Cosa, navigator on the Nina on Christopher

NINA: WORLD MAP, 1500. World map, 1500, of Juan de la Cosa, navigator on the Nina on Christopher Columbus second voyage of 1493-94

Background imageExplorer Collection: Sir Richard Burton as a young man

Sir Richard Burton as a young man
Richard Burton at the time of his wedding. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExplorer Collection: Fleet of Viking raiders in the Middle Ages

Fleet of Viking raiders in the Middle Ages
Viking ships at sea with warriors on board. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageExplorer Collection: Ernest Shackleton

Ernest Shackleton
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874-1922), British explorer, dressed for Antarctic conditions. Shackleton made four expeditions to the South Pole during his career

Background imageExplorer Collection: Christopher Columbus, Italian navigator and explorer

Christopher Columbus, Italian navigator and explorer
Christopher Columbus, Italian navigator, coloniser and explorer on behalf of Spain. He undertook four voyages of exploration, first reaching the American continent in 1492

Background imageExplorer Collection: Last record, dated 1847 and 1848, of Sir John Franklins expedition in search of the Northwest

Last record, dated 1847 and 1848, of Sir John Franklins expedition in search of the Northwest passage, found in 1859
FRANKLIN EXPEDITION, 1848. Last record, dated 1847 and 1848, of Sir John Franklins expedition in search of the Northwest passage, found in 1859

Background imageExplorer Collection: Scott of the Antarctic and his predecessors

Scott of the Antarctic and his predecessors
Illustration showing Captain Scott with his team flying the Union Jack flag, along with the names of previous polar explorers with the chronology traced back over a map of Antarctica

Background imageExplorer Collection: Expedition vehicle in the Tenere region of the central Sahara

Expedition vehicle in the Tenere region of the central Sahara

Background imageExplorer Collection: SIR FRANCIS DRAKE (1540?-1596). English admiral

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE (1540?-1596). English admiral. Oil on panel, c1580, by an unknown artist

Background imageExplorer Collection: Inside Shackletons Hut

Inside Shackletons Hut
The interior of the hut of Ernest Shackleton (1907-9), which has been preserved in exactly the same state as left by Shackleton Date: 2005

Background imageExplorer Collection: Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer

Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer
Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), Norwegian explorer, biologist and humanitarian. In 1888 he was the first to cross the Greenland ice sheet and showed that it covered the entire island



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"Unveiling the Uncharted: A Journey through the Eyes of Explorers" Embarking on daring expeditions, these intrepid explorers have left an indelible mark on history. Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealand mountaineer and explorer, etched his name in the annals of adventure as he stood triumphantly alongside Tenzing Norgay near Mount Everest's summit on that fateful day in 1953. Centuries earlier, Vasco da Gama's arrival in India opened up new frontiers for trade and exploration. His audacious voyage paved the way for future adventurers to follow suit. Meanwhile, aboard HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin embarked on a transformative journey that would forever alter our understanding of life itself. The British Empire's world map from the 19th century serves as a testament to their insatiable thirst for discovery. It depicts vast territories conquered by brave souls who ventured into uncharted territories with unwavering determination. Even advertisements became platforms to celebrate explorers' feats; Captain Robert Falcon Scott graced Fry's Cocoa adverts after his ill-fated expedition to Antarctica. His story stands as a poignant reminder of both triumph and tragedy intertwined within exploration. In 1969, Apollo 17 astronaut Buzz Aldrin took humanity's giant leap onto the moon's surface alongside Neil Armstrong—captured forever in his visor is Earth gazing back at them—a symbol of mankind transcending earthly boundaries. Sir Richard Francis Burton fearlessly delved into unknown cultures during his travels across Africa and Asia—an explorer driven by curiosity and an insatiable desire for knowledge. Maps tracing these journeys illuminate Africa’s vastness while showcasing how countless pioneers traversed its untamed landscapes. These cartographic marvels serve as testaments to human resilience against nature’s formidable challenges. Lastly, astronauts standing upon lunar soil gaze back at Earth—a humbling sight that reminds us all of our shared humanity and the boundless possibilities that lie beyond our terrestrial confines.