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Ernest Shackleton’s Antarctic sledge goes on display to mark centenary of explorer’s death

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It has been hoisted up to a ceiling of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, to mark the centenary of the explorer’s death. The 11ft wooden sledge was on the 1907‑’09 Nimrod expedition, which was first to the magnetic South Pole and to scale Mount Erebus.

It was bought with a £204,700 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund after its sale to an overseas buyer was blocked.

Senior curator Jeremy Michell said the sledge “provides a significant opportunity for us to explore multiple research threads”.

In 1914 Shackleton’s ship became trapped in Antarctic ice but all survived. He died aged 47 of a heart attack on South Georgia in 1922.

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