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An Evening with Michael Palin
October 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Michael Palin, Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter, brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. He explores the careers of the men who shared its journeys and he describes what life on board was like for the dozens of men who stepped ashore in Antarctica’s Victoria Land – and for the officers and crew who froze and starved to death in the Arctic wastes, driven to cannibalism and poisoned by the food they had hoped would sustain them. To tell this extraordinary story, Michael has travelled to various locations across the world and produced a magnificent account, Erebus, whose publication we celebrate in the glorious setting of Ely Cathedral.