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14th ERNEST SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 31 March 2014 - 12:20 pm

 

Preliminary details of the 2014 School will be announced shortly.

 

 

 

NIMROD VOLUME 7 NOW AVAILABLE

Last Updated: 5 December 2013 - 4:21 pm

 

 

This issue of Nimrod features the address President Michael D. Higgins made to the 12th Autumn School, reminding us of the unique character and achievements of Shackleton. Shackleton's contemporary, Roald Amundsen, whom Shackleton described as 'perhaps the greatest Polar explorer ' writes of his formative influences and his 'first' expedition in a piece extracted from his autobiography.

Edward J. Larson examines a lesser known aspect of Shackleton's expeditions posing the question: Did Shackleton care about science?, while William Barr details the breakdown of interpersonal relationships on Filchners Second German South Polar Expedition.

Shackleton's youthful escapades are amusingly described by Jan Piggott in his piece on Shackleton's childhood in Sydenham while the lives of the many 'usung' Irishmen on Scott's last expedition are recalled by Micheal Smith. Robert Burton casts a fresh light on the time spent by Endurance at South Georgia with much fresh material hitherto unavailable.

 Another Kildare link with the Antarctic is explored in Kevin Kenny's article on Captain Oates and his life in Ireland stationed with his regiment on the Curragh. Further Irish links with Antarctica are comprehensively dealt with by Robert Headland in survey of Antarctic Place names with Irish origins. Following on from his treatment of stamps commemorating Shackleton in last year's Nimrod this year Jim McAdam look at the coins issued in Shackleton's memory.

Copies of Nimrod can be ordered from Athy Heritage Centre-Museum. For contact details go to the website - www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

PROGRAMME FOR 13th ERNEST SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 24 October 2013 - 11:31 am

 

Friday, 25th October

7.30pm Wine Reception

 

Official Opening & Exhibition Launch by the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency Dr Ruth Adler.

8.00pm in Athy Heritage Centre – Museum.

 

 

Exhibition

 

Daily Exhibitions – Athy Heritage Centre - Museum

 

10.00am – 5.00pm - Mawson's Men

On display for the first time in Ireland the exhibition gives a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the men of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) led by Sir Douglas Mawson. The exhibition showcases the lives of the 32 men who took part in the Expedition which set out to investigate a section of the ‘practically unknown Antarctic coast’ and conduct numerous scientific studies. The exhibition features photographs taken by some of the expeditioners: Frank Hurley, Xavier Mertz, who died during the expedition, and Frederick Gillies. Mawson's first experience of Antarctica was as member of the scientific team on Shackleton's Nimrod expedition (1907-1909), where he was part of the three man team to reach the magnetic South Pole.

 

The Exhibition was produced by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Australian Government, which is responsible for ‘Advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting administering and researching the region.’

 

 

 

Antarctic Adventurers – the Antarctic adventurers will recreate a three man sledging party from the early years of Antarctic exploration.

 

Saturday, 26th October

 

Lecture Series Athy Library

 

10.30am “Hoosh, Roast Penguin, Scurvy day, and other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine

Jason Anthony

Admission €10

 

11.30am COFFEE

 

12.00 Geopolitics in the Freezer: Current and Future Challenges Facing Antarctica

Professor Klaus Dodds

Admission €10

 

1pm LUNCH

 

2.15pm 'Sea Ice and Shackleton's Expeditions'

Professor Peter Wadhams

 

Admission €10

 

 

3.15pm 'Icebreakers'

A series of short presentations on topics relevant to the Shackleton Autumn School, presented by those with a passion for their subject.

Admission Free

 

4.15pm COFFEE

 

4.30pm “The Franklin Expedition – Did they try to Sail Home ”

Dr Maria Pia Casarini

Admission €10

 

Dinner

 

8pm Autumn School Dinner in Clanard Court Hotel, Athy

 

Sunday, 27h October Athy Library

 

Lecture Series

 

10.00am “Polar Otherworlds: Dreams and Ghosts in Arctic Exploration "

Dr Shane McCorristine

Admission €10

 

10.50am COFFEE

 

11.10am “Sixty Years on Ice”

Dr Charles Swithinbank

Admission €10

 

12.10pm “They Also Served: A Look at the Hundreds of Participants of the Heroic Age Behind the Familiar Names ”

Joan Boothe

Admission €10

 

1pm LUNCH

 

Film Athy Library

 

2.30pm “Bare et Liv”

The film, a Norwegian/Soviet co-production, made in 1968 is a dramatised account of the life of the Norwegian Polar Explorer and Humanitarian Fridjof Nansen

 

 

Presented by Geir O. Kløver

 

Admission €10

 

4.00pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland

Cultural Evening Athy Community Arts Centre

 

 

DRAMA

 

8.00pm Redemption Song

 

Written and performed by John MacKenna
Directed by Marian Brophy.

Redemption Song is a beautiful play - hilariously funny and heartbreakingly sad.
Joe is a small-time builder. As he says himself: "If you never get too big, you never go out of business."
Joe's marriage to Mary has broken up and their son has been executed.
There's also the question of whether the young man really is Joe's son?
Work and music have been Joe's answer to every problem life has thrown at him.
And then, one evening, two young men call to his door with stunning news - they've given a lift to a hitch-hiker and they swear the man is Joe's dead son.
Everything changes - "If a man has hope, he has something."
Redemption Song is a powerful and gripping contemporary retelling of an old story.

Admission €10

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 28th October 2012

 

 

Field Trip Assemble at The Heritage Centre – Museum

 

10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country. A Visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton, the Quaker Meeting House and the Shaker Store.

Fare €10

 

Information on Contributors

 

Jason Anthony

Jason is the author of Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine published by the University of Nebraska Press. The book has recently received an award from the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award. Prior to this he worked with the United States Antarctic Program for eight austral summers. He is currently teaching in Maine.

 

Professor Klaus Dodds

Klaus is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2005 he received the Phillip Leverhulme Prize for his work in the field of Geopolitics and Human Geography and is the Editor of The Geographical Journal. He is an expert in the area of international governance of the Antarctic and the Arctic. His publications include The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire. He is working on a new book with Mark Nuttall entitled A Scramble for the Poles? The Contemporary Geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic.

 

Professor Peter Wadhams

Currently Professor of Ocean Physics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, Peter has a long association with the polar regions. He spent 11 months on the "Hudson-70" Expedition which accomplished the first circumnavigation of the Americas, He has led over 40 polar field expeditions including a project mapping the thickness of sea ice in the Arctic from Submarines. He has published extensively on sea ice in academic journals.

Dr Maria Pia Casarini

Dr Casarini is Director of the Istituto Geografico Polare 'Silvio Zavatti", Italy, which celebrates its 50th year in 2013. A leading researcher on the Franklin expedition she has lectured extensively on the subject and has analysed the diaries and letters of Lady Franklin in the Archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute, to determine the role that Lady Franklin played in the searches for the lost expedition of her husband.

 

Dr Shane McCorristine

A native of Dublin, Shane is a cultural geographer and historian who lectures at Downing College, University of Cambridge. He published in 2010 Spectres of the Self; Thinking about Ghosts and Ghost-Seeing in England, 1750-1920. He has applied this interest in the supernatural to an ongoing study of  its influence in the narrative of nineteenth century Arctic exploration and he has been recently  shortlisted for the AHRC/BBC Radio 3 Next Generation Thinkers Award.

 

Dr Charles Swithinbank

Charles is a world renowned scientist who has worked extensively in the polar regions with UK, US and Russian research programmes. He was assistant Glaciologist on the 1949-52 Norwegian-British-Swedish Expedition and was instrumental in recognising the potential of Antarctica's blue-ice fields as wheeled aircraft runways. He has published a number of books on his polar work including An alien in Antarctica,Vodka on Ice, Foothold on Antarctica and Forty Years on Ice. Six geographic features in Antarctica are named after him. He has been twice honoured by the Queen.

 

Joan Boothe

Based in San Francisco Joan has an MBA in Finance and from 1990 to 2000 was an adjunct faculty member at St Mary's College in Moraga, California. In the spring of 2010 she taught a course at Stanford University on the history of Antarctica's Heroic Age. In 2011 her critically acclaimed book The Storied Ice: Exploration, Discovery and Adventure in the Antarctic Peninsula was published. She is currently researching her next book on all the men who served in Antarctica in the Heroic Age.


 

Geir O. Kløver

Geir has been the director of the Fram Museum in Oslo since 2005. He has edited and published the diaries of Roald Amundsen and 14 of the other crew members of the Norwegian South Pole Expedition 1910-12. He is currently editing the collected diaries of Fridtjof Nansen and the crew members of the First Fram Expedition. From 1997 to 2005, Geir worked as project director in a Norwegian human rights NGO providing media and communication support to Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. He worked primarily on projects related to Tibet, Burma, East Timor, the Korean peninsula and the AIDS issue.

 

 

Bob Headland

Bob is a senior research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history and geography of both polar regions. His work with the Antarctic Heritage Trust involves the preservation of the historical huts and other aspects associated with the exploration of the discovery of the Antarctic. His most recent publication is A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration.

 

John MacKenna

John is a novelist, short-story writer and dramatist and co-author of Shackleton – An Irishman in Antarctica published in 2003 which gave a new insight into the family background of one of Kildare’s most famous sons. His most recent book is a poetry collection Where Sadness Begins published by Salmon Books in 2012.

 

Antarctic Adventurers

The Antarctic Adventures are a group of British re-enactors who specialise in recreating the world of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. They perform regularly for museums and English Heritage. They recreate a three man sledging party of the 1901 – 1913 period with clothing, sledges and equipment of the time used by Scott and Shackleton.

 

 

FOR BOOKINGS PLEASE CONTACT ATHY HERITAGE CENTRE-MUSEUM - 

PH - (00353) 059-8633075 or email athyheritage@eircom.net

 

 

 

MAWSON EXHIBITION

Last Updated: 11 September 2013 - 5:16 pm

The Shackleton school is pleased to confirm that the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Ruth Adler will open the exhibition 'Mawson's Men' at Athy Heritage Centre-Museum on the 25th October at 8pm.

 

Mawson's expedition Ship S.Y Aurora in the Antarctic - one of the many images featured in the forthcomng exhibition.

 

13th ERNEST SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 11 September 2013 - 4:58 pm

 

 

The Shackleton school is pleased to anounce the lectures for this year's school -


Jason Anthony - 'Hoosh, Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine'

Dr Shane McCorristine "Polar Otherworlds: Dreams and Ghosts in Arctic Exploration"

Prof Peter Wadhams,  - 'Sea Ice and Shackleton's  Expeditions'.

Prof Klaus Dodds,  - 'Geopolitics in the Freezer: Current and Future Challenges facing Antarctica'

Joan Boothe- 'They Also Served: A Look at the Hundreds of Participants of the Heroic Age Behind the Familiar names.'

Dr Maria Pia Casarini - 'The Franklin Expedition - Did they try to Sail Home?'

Dr Charles Swithinbank - 'Sixty Years on Ice'

 

The full schedue for the Autumn School will be posted soon.

 

 

MAWSON EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 14 August 2013 - 12:11 pm

 

 

Mawson's men – a rare glimpse into the lives of true pioneers of Antarctic science

 

In conjunction with the Australian Antarctic Division the Mawson’s Men” exhibition will be on display for the first time in Ireland at Athy Heritage Centre-Museum from the 25th October 2013. It will give a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the men of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) led by Sir Douglas Mawson a century ago.

The exhibition showcases the lives of the 32 men who took part in the ill-fated Australasian Antarctic Expedition which set out to investigate a section of the ‘practically unknown Antarctic coast’ and conduct numerous scientific studies.

It features photographs taken by some of the expeditioners: Frank Hurley, also well known as official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars, Xavier Mertz, who died during the expedition leaving Mawson to make it back to base alone, and Frederick Gillies.

The photographs transport you back 100 years giving an insight into the daily domestic rituals of the men, while highlighting the incredible challenges they faced living in such an extreme environment.

These explorations were facilitated by the construction of two bases, at Cape Denison and the Shackleton Ice Shelf. The expedition also raised the first wireless relay station on Macquarie Island which enabled communication with Antarctica.

Douglas Mawson led two further British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expeditions (BANZARE) between 1929 and 1931 to investigate more of the Antarctic coastline, assess the economic potential of the region and conduct scientific studies.

Mawson’s expeditions cemented his place as a key figure in the Heroic Expedition of Antarctic exploration and laid the foundations for Australia’s current Antarctic program.

Today, Mawson’s Huts Historic Site stands as a symbol of the birthplace of Australia’s involvement with the icy continent. The site is recognised on both the National and Commonwealth Heritage Lists and receives international protection as an Antarctic Specially Protected Area and an Antarctic Specially Managed Area.

Mawson’s Huts is also showcased in the exhibition through photo essays from cameramen Peter Curtis and Dean Lewins who visited the site as part of Australia’s centenary commemorations held earlier this year.

Mawson and his men are regarded as true pioneers of Antarctic science.


 

 

The Australian Antarctic Division is part of the Australian Government, responsible for ‘Advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting administering and researching the region.’

The Australian Antarctic Division oversees a sophisticated science program investigating climate processes and change, terrestrial, near-shore and Southern Ocean ecosystems. The Division maintains three research stations on the Antarctic continent – Mawson, Davis and Casey – and one research station on subantarctic Macquarie Island. Australia is active in the Antarctic Treaty System, the international collaboration to manage and protect the Antarctic environment.


 

 

13th SHACKLETON SCHOOL 25TH-28TH OCTOBER 2013

Last Updated: 19 July 2013 - 4:19 pm

 

 

Preliminary details of the 2013 school will be uploaded to this website by the end of the first week in August.

 

NIMROD VOLUME 6 NOW AVAILABLE

Last Updated: 14 March 2013 - 2:46 pm


This issue of Nimrod features an interview Shackleton gave in 1910 and is an important resource on his early life. He speaks eloquently of his love of poetry, particularly of Browning, a theme which is expanded upon by Regina Daly in her article.

There is a strong Norwegian component to this issue with Geir Kløver's extensive article on Amundsen's and his men's South Pole diaries while Jan Anders Diesen traces the development of cinematography in the race to the pole while Hans Kjell Larsen writes about his grandfather Captain C A Larsen.

The process of publishing a polar book is dealt with by Christopher J. Wilson while Meredith Hooper reminds us of the importance of studying original material in her engaging piece on Raymond Priestley. Laura Farrelly's survey of Ireland's Polar Heritage reminds us of this rich and relatively untapped resource while Emma Jane Wells' article on Tourism in the South Atlantic is a guide to how heritage can be developed as a resource for a community.

Shackleton's small but pivotal role in the Titanic Inquiry is examined by Kevin Kenny while Kevin also writes of the school's newest initiative, the Shackleton Challenge. Stamps make their first appearance in the journal with a extensive survey by Jim McAdam, Robert Burton and Stefan Heitjz on stamps commemorating Shackleton and his exploits.

 Copies of Nimrod can be ordered from Athy Heritage Centre-Museum. For contact details go to the website - www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie


SCOTT RADIO PLAY

Last Updated: 5 February 2013 - 9:42 am

Meredith Hooper who lectured to the Shackleton School in 2011 has completed a new work about Captain Scott and his wife Kathleen

The drama, Kathleen and Con, is based entirely on the original sources -  the moving, powerful letters Scott and Kathleen wrote to each other, over five years.

It's on Tuesday 5 February, BBC Radio 4, at 2.15, starring Sam West as Captain
Scott and Emilia Fox as Kathleen his wife.


It's being broadcast in the week - one 100 years later - that the news broke around the world of the deaths of Captain Scott and his party.

 

PROGRAMME FOR 2012 SHACKLETON SCHOOL

Last Updated: 19 October 2012 - 12:15 pm

 

Friday, 26th October

 

Wine Reception

7pm

 

Official Opening & Exhibition Launch by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins

7.45pm in Athy Heritage Centre – Museum.

 

 Exhibitions

 

Daily Exhibition – Athy Heritage Centre - Museum

 

10.00am – 5.00pm - These Rough Notes – Scott's Last Expedition

 

The exhibition tells the story of Captain Robert Falcon's Scott's 1910-1912 Terra Nova expedition to the Antarctic. The exhibition text was developed by the Polar Museum, SPRI and is complemented by objects from the Polar Museum, Discovery Point, Dundee, and material from a number of private collections.

 

 

Antarctic Adventurers – the Antarctic adventurers will recreate a three man sledging party from the early years of Antarctic exploration.

 

Saturday, 27th October

 

Lecture Series Athy Library

 

10.30am “Endurance at South Georgia”

Robert Burton

Admission €8

 

11.30am COFFEE

 

12.00 'Scott and Shackleton:Early Days, Rivalry, & Leadership'

Jan Piggott

Admission €8

 

1pm LUNCH

 

2.15pm 'Mrs Shackleton and other polar wives'

Kari Herbert

 

Admission €8

 

Book Launch Athy Heritage Centre-Museum

3.10pm Antarctic Days

 

The Erskine Press will be launching its newest facsimile – Antarctic Days – Sketches of the Homely Side of Polar Life by Two of Shackleton’s Men. Written and illustrated by James Murray and George Marston it gives a feeling for the personal side of Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition. Originally published in a small edition in 1913 this is a very rare book and will be a welcome addition to all Polar libraries This edition, with an introduction by Joe O’Farrell, will be limited to 280 numbered copies.

 

3.30pm “Antarctica Today: the Scientific Legacy of the Heroic Age ”

 

Gabrielle Walker

Admission €8

 

4.30pm 'Icebreakers'

A series of short presentations on topics relevant to the Shackleton Autumn School, presented by those with a passion for their subject.

Admission Free

 

Dinner

 

8pm Autumn School Dinner in Clanard Court Hotel, Athy

 

Sunday, 28th October Athy Library

 

Lecture Series

 

10.00am “Douglas Mawson and the AAE: Science and Survival "

David Roberts

Admission €8

 

11.00am COFFEE

11.15am “Scott's Irishmen - The exploits of Crean, Forde, Keohane and McCarthy on Terra Nova and after”

Michael Smith

Admission €8

 

12.15pm “Antarctic débâcle: Oberleutnant Wilhelm Filchner's expedition to the Weddell Sea, 1911-1912; differing versions of the allocation of blame ”

William Barr

Admission €8

 

1pm LUNCH

 

Film Athy Library

 

2.30pm “Frank Wild: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero”

The film was first shown on BBC Two in April this year. The hour long documentary tells the story of Frank Wild, one of the unsung greats of polar exploration. The film also follows Frank Wild’s ashes as they’re taken to South Georgia to be laid to rest next to his great friend and companion, Sir Ernest Shackleton.

 

Presented by Paul Greenan

Admission €8

 

4.00pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland

Cultural Evening Athy Community Arts Centre

 

Photographic Exhibition - Opening

 

7.45pm Faces from the Southern Oceans

Ms. L’Heureux’ photography conveys the sense of intimacy she experienced when she first the wildlife that inhabit the Antarctic continent and was captivated by faces such as those of the Wandering Albatross, the Elephant Seal, the Emperor and Royal Penguins.

 

Music

 

8.30pm “All's Well

An original composition, the songs were inspired by the journals, letters and biographies of all five men of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's ill fated polar party and are an attempt to capture their thoughts and feelings as they realise their death is inevitable.

Written and performed by Jake Wilson

Admission €10

Monday, 29th October 2012

 

 

Field Trip Assemble at The Heritage Centre – Museum

 

10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country. A Visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton, the Quaker Meeting House and the Shaker Store.

Fare €10

 

 

Information on Contributors

 

Robert Burton

Robert Burton is a natural history writer who has been involved with South Georgia for many years. He visited the island for the first time in 1964 and returned in 1971 to study albatrosses and fur seals. From 1995 to 1998, he was director of the museum at Grytviken and started to collect information on the island’s history. This included researching the time that Shacketon spent on South Georgia. Bob now visits annually as a lecturer on cruise ships.

 

Dr Jan Piggott

Dr. Jan Piggott, F.S.A., studied English at Oxford and taught originally at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur. More recently he taught at Dulwich College in London for thirty years, as Head of English. When he retired from teaching, he became Keeper of Archives at the College, custodian of the James Caird whaler and the Shackleton Collections. In 2000 he curated the exhibition Shackleton - the Antarctic and Endurance' at Dulwich College. On the committee of the James Caird Society, he founded their Journal, and wrote for it on Frank Wild and a number of other topics.

 

Kari Herbert

The daughter of distinguished polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert, Kari is a travel writer and photographer, contributing regularly to newspapers and magazines. Her book “The Explorers Daughter” an account of the first few years of her life spent living on a remote island in the Arctic with the Polar Inuit of Northwest Greenland was published to much acclaim in 2004. Her new books In Search of the South Pole and Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World's Most Daring Explorers have just been published.

 

Dr Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle is Chief Scientist for the climate consultancy Xyntéo and a consultant to New Scientist. She contributes frequently to BBC Radio 4 presenting the Planet Under Threat and Thin Air series and is the author of a number of books including Snowball Earth and An Ocean of Air – A Natural History of the Atmosphere. She presented the The Secret Life of Ice on BBC 4 and her most recent publication is Antarctica.

 

Dr William Barr

A Senior Research Assoicate at the Arctic Insitute of North America, University of Calgary, William is also Professor Emeritus of Geography at the Univeristy of Saskatchewan. He has published widely on Arctic subjects and has been prominent in promoting the study of the Russian role in polar exploration.His most recent publications include Arctic Hellship: The Voyage of HMS Enterprise 1850-1855 and Arctic Scientist, Gulag Survivor: The biography of Mikhail Mikhailovich Ermolaev, 1901-1991.


Michael Smith

Michael Smith is an author and journalist who specialises in the history of Polar exploration.Michael began writing books in the late 1990s after more than 30 years as an award-winning journalist covering business and political issues for paper such as the Observer. His first book, An Unsung Hero – Tom Crean Antarctic Survivor (2000) has never been out of print. His other books include I Am Just Going Outside – Captain Oates; Sir James Wordie – Polar Crusader; Captain Francis Crozier – Last Man Standing? andTom Crean – An Illustrated Life. He has also written two books for children: Shackleton – The Boss and Tom Crean – Iceman which is on the curriculum for primary schools in Ireland

 

David Roberts

David Roberts is a mountaineer and author of books and articles about climbing. He is particularly noted for his books The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah: A Wilderness Narrative. He also published books on polar themes including Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World and the forthcoming book about Douglas Mawson, titled Alone on the Ice. which will be published in January 2013.


Paul Greenan

Paul Greenan is a producer/director with BBC Television. He’s been with the BBC for 22 years and has a background in journalism and current affairs.  Paul’s worked on a variety of programmes for the BBC including natural history programmes for BBC TWO and documentaries for BBC FOUR. “Frank Wild: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero” was his first polar film. He currently works for the BBC current affairs series Inside Out. 

 

Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson is a folk-rock guitarist and songwriter in the Richard Thompson mould. As well as performing his own material, Jake currently plays with ex-Fairport Convention folk fiddle legend, Dave Swarbrick, who has described him as “one of the best guitarists and songwriters around today”.

 

Bob Headland

Bob is a senior research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history and geography of both polar regions. His work with the Antarctic Heritage Trust involves the preservation of the historical huts and other aspects associated with the exploration of the discovery of the Antarctic. His most recent publication is A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration.

 

J J L'Heureux

J.J is a painter, photographer, adventure and naturalist. She has made numerous trips to Antarctica and has published two books, the Good Day Book and Faces from the Southern Oceans. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the world most recently at the University of Iowa and the G2 Gallery in Venice, California.

 

Antarctic Adventurers

The Antarctic Adventures are a group of British re-enactors who specialise in recreating the world of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. They perform regularly for museums and English Heritage. They recreate a three man sledging party of the 1901 – 1913 period with clothing, sledges and equipment of the time used by Scott and Shackleton.

 

 

SHACKLETON AT THE NATIONAL CONCERT HALL

Last Updated: 11 December 2009 - 10:53 am

Nearest the South Pole

14 December 2009 08:30 PM   KEVIN BARRY ROOM

Featuring Jonathan Shackleton, Michael Holohan, Donal O'Kelly, Simon O'Dwyer, Peter Sirr and Joe Woods

A Multi-Media event commemorating ' Nearest the South Pole'  a lecture by Sir Ernest Shackleton based on The Nimrod South Pole Expedition given in the University Buildings (now The National Concert Hall) , Earlsfort Terrace on December 14th 1909.

This commemorative evening will include Jonathan Shackleton's presentation about the Antarctic, rare recording of Ernest Shackleton's own voice, readings from the archives of the 1909 Irish Times, Poetry  by Derek Mahon, Bill Manhire, T.S.  Elliot, Claire Benyon, Peter Sirr and Leland Bardwell read by Peter Sirr and Joe Woods and a new work by Michael Holohan, ' Where a single footprint lasts a thousand years'  - a  piece of  music-theatre performed by Donal O' Kelly, Simon O 'Dwyer and Michael Holohan.

 

FOR FURTHER DETAILS GO TO WWW.NCH.IE

Shackleton Autumn School 2009 - Brochure PDF

Last Updated: 1 October 2009 - 11:18 am

The Shackleton Autumn School 2009 Brochure PDF is now available to download, please click here to download.

 

RARE POLAR CINEMATOGRAPHY COMES TO ATHY

Last Updated: 4 September 2009 - 4:22 pm

 

The school is pleased to announce that this year the film event will be hosted by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones, Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge and Dr Russell Potter, Professor of English at Rhode Island College.  The title is yet to be finalised but suggestions to date have included - "Icebergs, Eskimos and Oddities" or "The Good, the Bad, and the Frozen: Some Early Films from the Wild Wild North". It promise to be rare look at early and unusual Polar Cinematography with  contributions from some surprise guests. An event not to be missed and unlikely to be repeated!

The title now confirmed is

Presumed Lost”: Some Early Polar Films (1901-1950)”

SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL 2009

Last Updated: 11 August 2009 - 4:32 pm

The committee of the Shackleton Autumn School are close to finalising the programme for the 2009 school

The following lectures have been confirmed

 

Caroline Casey - Will deliver the Shackleton Memorial Lecture on the Friday night.

For her details see www.kanchi.org

Michael Rosove - ' The Great Books of Shackletonia'

Hans Kjell-Larsen - 'Captain C.A.Larsen - Antarctic Pioneer'

Dr David Wilson -   'Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition'

Lady Marie Herbert -      'The Way of the Explorer'

Prof Andrew Lambert - 'The Gates of Hell: the Franklin expedition, science and cannibalism'

Dr Russell Potter - "Those wrecked or stranded ships": Unresolved aspects of the Franklin Expedition"

NEW SHACKLETON BOOK TO BE LAUNCHED IN ATHY

Last Updated: 11 August 2009 - 11:21 am

 

 

 

 The Autumn School is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the Erskine Press, the launch of  Regina W Dalys new book 'THE SHACKLETON LETTERS - BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE NIMROD EXPEDITION' in Athy on the 23rd October.  

Regina has brought together some 165 letters about the expedition which gives a unique perspective on the planning of the 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition. It features Shackleton's correspondence with many of the major polar figures of the day including Captain Scott, Dr Edward Wilson and Clement Markham.

EXHIBITION TO MARK THE CENTENARY OF SHACKLETON'S 'NIMROD' EXPEDITION

Last Updated: 11 August 2009 - 11:20 am

 

 

 Final arrangements are being made for an exhibition to be held in the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum from October 23rd 2009. Drawn from public and private collections from Ireland and abroad, artifacts from the 1907-09 British Antarctic Expedition will be on show to tell the story of Shackleton's pioneering expedition to the Antarctic.

 Items for display will include Shackleton's sledging flag, a sledge, sledge harness and many more eclectic items such as some of the foodstuffs and original supplies recovered from the expedition hut at Cape Royds. 

The exhibition will run until the end of November

NEW BOOK ON 'NIMROD' EXPEDITION

Last Updated: 8 August 2009 - 1:24 pm

 

 

 

'Nimrod Illustrated - Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition' by Dr David Wilson

To celebrate the centenary of one of the most exciting expeditions of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration comes "Nimrod Illustrated". The book is a remarkable collage of expedition photographs, paintings and ephemera in a deliberate reminiscence of the expedition scrapbooks kept by so many of the expedition participants at the time. Many of the images are rarely seen, if ever before published, whilst others are better known.

Together with quotations from the diaries of expedition participants, they tell the story of the British Antarctic Expedition 1907-1909 which saw the first use of ponies and motor cars in the Antarctic; achieved the first ascent of Mount Erebus; achieved the first attainment of the South Magnetic Pole; and, took Shackleton within 100 miles of the South Geographic Pole to attain a dramatic new 'Farthest South' record. This was the expedition that made Shackleton's name as an explorer and for which he was awarded his knighthood. Edited by Dr. D. M. Wilson, "Nimrod Illustrated" is a treat for anyone interested in Shackleton, the Antarctic, polar exploration or the atmosphere of the Edwardian age. It is a part of the well regarded series commenced with "Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition" (2001).

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NIMROD VOL 3

Last Updated: 17 June 2009 - 5:00 pm

 

 

'Nimrod' - The Journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School has been published annually since 2007.

Nimrod (Volume 3) will be published in October 2009 and available for sale at the Autumn School. It will comprise the following articles & book reviews

 Articles

"Who are these Shackletons?" - Jonathan Shackleton

'The Antarctic Treaty & Ireland' - Bob Headland

"Two Irish Antarctic Heroes: The Evolving Reputations of Ernest
Shackleton and Tom Crean" - Stephanie Barczewski

'Shackleton & Chile' - Jim McAdam

'Irish, Inuit & Norse - Aidan O'Sullivan


Book Reviews

'Nimrod Illustrated' By Dr David Wilson reviewed by Michael Rosove

'A Chronology of Antarctic Exploration' by Bob Headland reviewed by Rob
Stephenson

'The Entire Earth & Sky: Views on Antarctica by Leslie Carol Roberts
reviewed by Stephen Scott Fawcett

'The Dictionary of Falklands Biography' edited by David Tatham reviewed
by Rob Philpott

  'Franklin:Tragic Hero of Polar Exploration' byAndrew Lambert's reviewed by Joe O'Farrell

Back issues can be bought directly from the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum - www.athyheritagecentre-musuem.ie

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