Women of the Antarctic: Making the Absence Visible

Days of Ice

We are often drawn to the Antarctic by what is missing there.


Artwork by Ira Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Women researchers have played important an important part in Antarctic science, but they are often missing from histories of Antarctic exploration.

Artist Ira Mitchell has painted a series of portraits to draw attention to women in Antarctic science.

Her subjects include American explorer Jackie Ronne, who in 1947 became the first woman in the world to be a working member of an Antarctic expedition.

Also featured is New Zealand scientist Pamela Young (left) – the one of the first women to set foot at the South Pole.

Ira’s portraits are displayed in our Visitor Lounge, adjacent to the Antarctic Gallery. Each portrait has a QR code with links to information on its subject.

Supported by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP).

Days of Ice | 29 September – 9 October

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29 September – 6 November 2022
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