From Surgeons’ Hall Museum to death in the Arctic; Prof Ken Donaldson explores the history of Harry Goodsir and the Franklin Expedition.
Harry Goodsir was a promising anatomist and conservator of the Surgeons’ Museum here in Edinburgh, but he gave all that up in 1845 when he took up the post of ships surgeon and naturalist on the Franklin Expedition to find the North West Passage through the Arctic.
The expedition set sail in May 1845 but the 129 crew members and officers never returned home. The two ships, the Erebus and the Terror, sank after being frozen in pack ice for three years, having only made it half way through the North West Passage.
The fate of the Franklin Expedition has continued to occupy researchers ever since and in this talk Surgeons’ Hall Museums Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ken Donaldson, will discuss the likely fates that befell the crew with special reference to pathological aspects and Harry Goodsir himself.
The talk will last approximately one hour and the museum will be open until 9pm for ticket holders only.