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-Kirk, 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 Pam Young – the first woman 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 – 16 October 2022
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