Autumn Huysmans tries on some winter gear as part of Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship, which opened to the public at the Alberni Valley Museum on Friday, March 15. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Franklin Expedition exhibit opens at Alberni Valley Museum

Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship runs until June 8 in Port Alberni

Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship opened at a gala event Thursday, March 14 at the Alberni Valley Museum, and to the public on Friday, March 15.

The exhibit profiles the search and discovery of the ships from the Franklin Expedition, which vanished in 1845 during a search for the Northwest Passage.

Port Alberni’s museum is one of only two in British Columbia that will feature the exhibit in 2019.

“The Alberni Valley Museum is very proud to host this exhibit,” said Gareth Flostrand, from the heritage commission.

READ: Alberni Valley Museum to host Franklin Expedition exhibit

“We are only one of two museums in B.C. to host it. We have to be known to be able to pull this off,” she said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our community to access this aspect of our Canadian heritage.”

She gave credit to acting museum manager Shelley Harding, curator Kirsten Smith and volunteers Sandra Oickle, Cathy Bagley and Barb Baker for the work they did to bring the travelling exhibit to Port Alberni and then set it up in the museum.

Echoes in the Ice will be at the museum until June 8.

A special talk about the expedition has been arranged with Simon Fraser University archeology professor Robyn Woodward on Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m. at Echo Centre.

The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

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Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions looks at a collage of images depicting Lady Jane Franklin, who sponsored seven expeditions in an attempt to find her missing husband. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

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