The Ones We Met - Inuit Traditional Knowledge and the Franklin Expedition

May 1, 2021 to August 29, 2021

The fate of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition was one of the Arctic’s most enduring mysteries, until the wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were found. This exhibition explores the role of Inuit oral history in solving that mystery. It features photographs, illustrations and an animated map of routes charted by Europeans looking for a Northwest Passage in the 350 years before Franklin’s expedition. Visitors can hear stories of Inuit encounters with Franklin and his men, and of Martin Frobisher’s voyages to Baffin Island in the 1570s.

Developed by the Canadian Museum of History and the Inuit Heritage Trust.

Watercolour illustrations by Heather Campbell, an Inuit artist from Nunatsiavut (Labrador)

Victoria Day Closure 2024
Easter Holiday Closure Notice
Family Day Closure Notice
Graphic to indicate holiday closures at Elgin County Facilities. The Elgin County Administration Building, Provincial Offences Administration Building, and Elgin County Heritage Centre will be closed on Friday, December 23rd at noon. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.