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BOOK LAUNCH AT SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 28 August 2015 - 10:23 am

 

In association with the History Press the school is delighted to host the launch of 'From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott’s ‘Antarctics’ in the First World War' by Anne Strathie. 'From Ice Floes to Battlefields' draws on previously unpublished journals, letters and other archive material to throw new light on the Terra Nova expedition and on ‘what happened next’ to Scott’s ‘Antarctics’, men who had taken part in Scott’s 1910-13 Terra Nova expedition and, in several cases, in Shackleton’s Nimrod and Endurance expeditions.

The launch will take place at Athy Heritage Centre Museum at 8pm on Friday the 23rd October 2015

www.shackletonmuseum.com
www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

FINAL LECTURE CONFIRMED FOR SHACKLETON SCHOOL

Last Updated: 28 August 2015 - 10:03 am

Belfast native Dr Kevin McKenna's lecture - 'Scurvy and Polar Exploration' completes the line-up of lectures for the 2015 Shackleton Autumn School.

THE SHACKLETON COLLECTION - AN INTRODUCTION

Last Updated: 21 August 2015 - 1:51 pm

 

As part of events for Heritage Week Event 2015, Athy Heritage Centre - Museum

will host 'An Introduction to the Shackleton Collection ' on Sunday 23rd August at 2.30 p.m.

It is a chance to see the more unusual items relating to the life and polar expeditions of Ernest Shackleton and a chance to quiz the resident expert on all aspects of Shackletons extraordinary life

Admission is free

www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

 

BOOKINGS FOR 2015 SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 20 August 2015 - 3:38 pm

The Athy Heritage Centre-Museum is now accepting bookings for the Shackleton Autumn School.

Bookings can be taken for individual events or an all in Weekend Ticket is available for €150.

Please contact the Museum by phone - 059 8633075 if calling from Ireland.

If calling from outside Ireland call 00353-598633075.

Email for bookings - athyheritage@eircom.net

FILM FOR 2015 SHACKLETON SCHOOL

Last Updated: 20 August 2015 - 9:03 am

Antarctica: A Year On Ice is a visually stunning film that lets you experience what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including winters isolated from the rest of the world, while enduring months of darkness in the harshest place on Earth. Anthony Powell has been working in Antarctica with his wife Christine for many years. After over 10 years of filming, his documentary is now complete. It has had a theatrical release in the US and New Zealand, and has screened at numerous festivals around the world and has won many awards.

Anthony has had his work appear in numerous films, exhibits, and TV shows. He most recently featured in the Emmy Award-winning BBC series Frozen Planet. This is his first feature film.
 

Follow this link to see a trailer for the film

www.frozensouth.com

15TH SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Last Updated: 20 August 2015 - 8:53 am

 

The Shackleton School Committee is pleased to confirm the following lectures for this years School -

 

“Shackleton's Crossing of Antarctica – Could they have done it? ” - Robert Burton

 

“Captain Scott, The Modern Traveller” - Dr Phillip Sidney

 

“Lessons from a Polar Explorer about Success" - Dr Jesus Alcoba


“Survival and Sacrifice in Mars Exploration - What we know from Polar Expeditions" - Dr Erik Seedhouse

 

“Penguin Legs are good cold - Notes from the Scott Polar Archives” - Naomi Boneham


'Wintering over in Antarctica - 15 months at the French station Dumont d’Urville' - Samuel Blanc

 

“Over by Christmas? Back by 1915? New worlds for Scott’s and Shackleton’s men." - Anne Strathie

 

More details of the 2015 Autumn School will follow shortly

 

 

 

 

 

SHACKLETON STATUE FOR ATHY FOR CENTENARY YEAR 2016

Last Updated: 12 August 2015 - 11:41 am

Kildare County Council is commissioning a public art commemorative sculpture of Ernest Shackleton, the world famous polar explorer from Athy, County Kildare to mark the 100th anniversary of the rescue of the crew of the ‘Endurance’.
 

Budget €60,000
Groundworks / Plinth will be provided.
 

Deadline for Tenders Stage 1: 12 noon, Monday 31st August, 2015.
Artists must register on etenders in order to register interest and to access tender documents for this commission.


The web address for etenders is www.etenders.gov.ie
The reference number is 98535. 


Applicants will need to register on etenders and then search for the tender using the reference number above.
 

UNIQUE POLAR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Last Updated: 19 November 2014 - 12:51 pm








"The Crossing of the Antarctica" Photography Exhibition is being shown for the first time in Ireland in Athy Heritage Centre Museum. The exhibition tells the story of the epic first crossing of Antarctica by the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1955-58. The exhibition features prints from the original film of pioneering expedition photographer, the late George Lowe, and is complemented by artefacts.   A book accompanying the exhibition is on sale in the museum. 

SHACKLETON & THE HISTORY SHOW

Last Updated: 20 October 2014 - 5:16 pm

Shackleton's story featured prominently on last night's edition on the History Show on RTE Radio 1. Shackleton school committee members Seamus Taaffe & Kevin Kenny spoke about the Museum and Shackleton's Kildare heritage while Michael Smith delved into Shackletons life as an explorer and public figure as detailed in his recently released biography of Shackkleton. Copy this link to listen to the show -

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!type=radio&rii=9%3A10333518%3A5392%3A19%2D10%2D2014%3A

SHACKLETONS DREAM

Last Updated: 9 October 2014 - 11:02 am

The poster created by Huw Lewis-Jones of Polarworld for our exhibition of photography by George Lowe.

 

 

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).

For further details go to www.reardon.co.uk 

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

New Website

Last Updated: 26 May 2009 - 11:46 am

We are currently putting the finishing touches to our website, please bear with us while we make the final changes.