• The Heart of the Great Alone
  • The Heart of the Great Alone
  • The Heart of the Great Alone
  • The Heart of the Great Alone
  • The Heart of the Great Alone

The Heart of the Great Alone

The Heart of the Great Alone

Service Pack: Core Service

Subject: Citizenship Geography History

High-resolution scans from The Royal Collection featuring the 2012 Heart of the Great Alone Exhibition at the Queens Gallery - Buckingham Palace.

LGfL is pleased to be working in partnership with the Royal Collection to bring high resolution scans of pictures and learning resources from The Heart of the Great Alone exhibition. The photographs are from the Antarctic expeditions of Scott and Shackleton currently viewable at The Queen's Gallery - London.

This exhibition of remarkable photographs taken in Antarctica by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910–12, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s dramatic icescapes were taken during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914–16, which included the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

Today, part of the Royal Collection Trust, these sets of photographs are among the finest examples of the artists’ works in existence.


  • Original photographs presented to King George V
  • Inspiring views of the Antarctic landscape and wildlife
  • An insight into the lives of the early twentieth century explorers in the harsh and deadly environment

Royal Collection Trust

The Royal Collection Trust is one of the most important art collections in the world. It contains paintings and drawings by many of the greatest artists of Western Art, including Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Vermeer, as well as superb examples of works of art from all over the world in furniture, ceramics, silver and gold, sculpture, books and armour. Items from the Royal Collection Trust can be seen at royal residences across Britain and at The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh.

Royal Collection Trust Learning is responsible for the development and delivery of learning resources and programmes for schools, families and adults visiting Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The aim is to inspire groups to engage with, enjoy and learn about the Royal Collection. Go to: www.royalcollection.org.uk/learning to find out more about Learning opportunities with the Royal Collection Trust.

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