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PROGRAMME FOR 2014 SHACKLETON SCHOOL

Last Updated: 17 September 2014 - 9:49 am

 

Friday, 24th October

Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

 

Wine Reception & Official Opening  - 7.30pm

 

8.00pm in  - Book Launch

In association with the Collins Press the school will host the launch of Shackleton: By Endurance We Conquer by Michael Smith. The book is the first comprehensive biography of Shackleton in a generation.

 

The book will be launched by Aidan Dooley

 

Exhibitions

 

Daily Exhibition – Athy Heritage Centre - Museum

 

10.00am – 5.00pm - "The Crossing of Antarctica: Photographs from the Expedition that Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream"

 

The exhibition tells the story of the 1957/8 crossing of Antarctica by the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE). The exhibition text was developed by Polarworld and features original images from the collection of the expedition photographer the late George Lowe and complemented by objects 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, 25th October

 

Lecture Series Athy Library

 

10.00am The Crossing of Antarctica: The Expedition that Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream

Huw Lewis-Jones

Admission €10

 

10.50am COFFEE

 

11.20 Antarctica Then and Now: A Continent Tamed?”

Rorke Bryan

Admission €10

 

 

12.00 'Shackleton – A Life'

 

Michael Smith in conversation

Admission €10

 

1pm LUNCH

 

2.15pm '"Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, Englands Forgotten Arctic Explorer" '

P J Capelotti

Admission €10

 

 

3pm 'On the Natural History of Arctic Fauna:A Correspondence between James Lamont and Charles Darwin, 1860 to 1871'

Leah Devlin

Admission €10

4pm '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 Bert House, Athy Tickets €40

 

Sunday, 26h October Athy Library

 

Lecture Series

 

10.00am 'Emperors and Kings: tales of an Antarctic biologist'.

Bernard Stonehouse

Admission €10

 

11.00am COFFEE

11.20am 'Shackleton – A Life in Poetry'

Jim Mayer

Admission €10

 

12.15pm 'The Bellingshausen opportunity: the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819- 1821"

Rip Bulkeley

Admission €10

 

1pm LUNCH

 

 

2pm 'Never the lowered banner – The Shackleton Epic Expedition'

 

Tim Jarvis

Admission €10

 

Film Athy Library

 

3.00pm The Island at the Top of the World

 

Released in 1974 this Walt Disney film is in the adventure fantasy tradition of Jules Verne. The protagonists, an American archaeologist, an English businessman, an eccentric French inventor and an Eskimo trapper journey to the Arctic to search for a lost explorer only to discover a world forgotten by time.

Admission €10

 

4.45pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland

Cultural Evening George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow

 

 

Music

 

8.30pm Shackleton's Endurance

 

 

2014 marks the centenary of the Endurance expedition, regarded as one of the greatest survival stories ever told. The Shackleton Autumn School is delighted to present the premiere performance of "Shackleton's Endurance"  which for the first time recounts the story of the expedition through words and music. Brian Hughes' composition and John MacKenna's narrative capture the emotions underlying key stages of the expedition, from the optimism and hope at the departure in August 1914, through the despair of losing the ship, to the joy as Yelcho hoves to off Elephant Island. 

The event also sees the launch of the CD "Shackleton's Endurance". 

This work has been commissioned by Athy Heritage Centre to mark the Endurance Centenary.


 

Musical composition by Brian Hughes.

Narration by John MacKenna

Admission €15

 

 

 

Monday, 27th 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

 

Dr Huw Lewis-Jones

Huw is a historian of exploration who travels in the Arctic and Antarctica each year working as a polar guide. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum. His books include Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, The Lifeboat, Mountain Heroes – Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany – and The Conquest of Everest, which won the History Award at the Banff Festival. Huw has appeared on television and radio as a historian and cultural commentator, most recently as onscreen expert in the BBC documentaries Wilderness Explored, Of Ice and Men, and Frank Wild: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero. His new book, created with the veteran explorer George Lowe, is The Crossing of Antarctica

 

Dr Rorke Bryan

Rorke Bryan has had a lifelong interest in Antarctica, triggered by seeing ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ as an eight-year old in his native Dublin. The son of a merchant mariner, he has visited many parts of the world during his career with the British Antarctic Survey and in environmental conservation, forestry and development at the Universities of Alberta and Toronto. His interests include sailing, mountaineering and skiing. He is the author of Ordeal by Ice: Ships of the Antarctic.

 

 

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


Professor P J Capelotti

P.J is associate professor of anthropology at Penn State University, Abington College where he teaches Archaeology and American Studies. He is a prominent researcher in the pioneering areas of polar and aerospace archaeology and the author of more than a dozen books. His research has taken him to Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and the North Pole. He has recently retired from the U.S Coast Guard after 24 years service and is currently at work on a history of the American exploration of Franz Josef Land. His latest book is Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England’s forgotten Arctic explorer


 


 

 

Dr Leah Devlin

Dr. Leah Devlin is a marine biologist and historian of science who has worked at marine labs in the U.S. and Bermuda, and archives in England and Scotland. Her recent scholarly work focuses on the interactions of Charles Darwin with various nineteenth century explorers. Her work has appeared in the History of Biology, Journal of Experimental Biology, and Polar Record, among other journals. Her first novel, Aegir’s Curse, a thriller centered on the scientific village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts is appearing later this year (Fireship Press). Devlin has long and intimate experience with the world of marine science and marine laboratories, having conducted research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole across many summers.

 

 

Dr Bernard Stonehouse

Bernard first visited Antarctica in 1946 as a Royal Navy pilot. He served from 1946–1950 with the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey. He has had a long and distinguished career in academia working latterly at the Scott Polar Research Institute. He spent 18 months studying Emperor Penguins in South Georgia and was the first person to observe the full breeding cycle of the emperor penguin, spending an entire winter at an emperor penguin colony. He is the author of many book on the polar regions. He is commemorated in the names of Stonehouse Bay and Mount Stonehouse in Antarctica.

 

Jim Mayer

Jim is an expedition leader and guide on cruise ships in the polar regions. His first polar adventure was to Spitsbergen to catch and ring Barnacle Geese and he worked for the British Antarctic Survey at the Rothera research station. He has lectured and written extensively on polar topics and has just published Shackleton: A Life in Poetry

 

Dr Rip Bulkeley

Rip is an independent historian of the earth sciences. He took degrees in Peace Studies and Strategic Studies in the 1980s and has written studies of the arms race and the space race. He has written several pieces on the International Geophysical Year of 1957—58 (IGY) and contributed both to a recent History of the International Polar Years (Springer, 2010) and to the final report on the recent Polar Year (2007—2009). His most recent publication is Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition 1819—21 .

 

Tim Jarvis

Tim is an author, explorer and scientist having made four expeditions to the polar regions. His recreation of Sir Douglas Mawson's 1913 trek across Antarctica was made into an award winning documentary – Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica. Tim led the Shackleton Epic Expedition which successfully recreated Shackleton's 1916 voyage in the James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia.

 

Brian Hughes

A native of Athy Brian is regarded as one of the foremost performers in Ireland on the Uilleann pipes and tin whistle. From Athy, he first appeared on television at the age of 8, and by the time he was 12, he had won County, Provincial, and National titles on tin whistle. He progressed to master the flute and uileann pipes and the various styles and techniques associated with playing these instruments In his piping he favours the flowing legato style of piping, commonly known as the “travellers” style. His has released two solo CD'a of which a revieiwer described as 'displaying his mastery of the whistle'.

 

John MacKenna

John is the author of fifteen books – novels, short-story collections, memoir, poetry and a biography of Ernest Shackleton: Shackleton - an Irishman in Antarctica.

He is also a playwright - for stage and radio. He was awarded a Silver Medal at the Worldplay Festival in New York. He is a winner of the Irish Times Fiction Award, the Hennessy Award and the C Day Lewis Award  and his novel was short-listed for Irish Book of the Year. His RTE Radio documentary series on Leonard Cohen won a Jacobs Radio Award.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

SHACKLETONS DREAM - THE CROSSING OF ANTARCTICA

Last Updated: 28 August 2014 - 12:34 pm

 

One hundred years ago this month Ernest Shackleton began his journey to Antarctica, his goal to cross the Antarctic. He did not realise this dream but in 1957/58 the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE) achieved this goal, one of the great triumphs of 20th Century exploration.

 

This expedition will be celebrated by an exhibition in Athy Heritage Centre Museum which opens on the 24th October. The centrepice of the exhibition will be the photography of the Everest veteran George Lowe complemented by artifacts from the TAE.

NEW SHACKLETON BIOGRAPHY TO BE LAUNCHED IN ATHY

Last Updated: 28 August 2014 - 11:48 am




In association with The Collins Press the Shackleton School is pleased to host the launch of Michael Smiths new book 'Shackleton, By Endurance We Conquer' on the 24th October 2014 at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum.


Ernest Shackleton is one of history’s great explorers, a tenacious and charismatic personality who became a dominant figure in Antarctic discovery. His incredible adventures on four expeditions to the Antarctic have captivated generations. He was a restless adventurer from an Irish background with acclaimed leadership skills. Michael Smith, the author of the acclaimed biography of Tom Crean and many other polar books, has written the first comprehensive biography of Shackleton in a generation drawing on extensive research of original diaries, letters and many other publications.

It brings a fresh perspective to the heroic age of Polar exploration which was dominated by Shackleton’s complex, compelling and enduringly fascinating story.

 

SHACKLETON'S ENDURANCE

Last Updated: 20 August 2014 - 11:14 am

 

2014 marks the centenary of the Endurance expedition, regarded as one of the greatest survival stories ever told.
A significant missing in the existing narrative is the recounting of the story through words and music. These media are highly appropriate: Shackleton found subtle and powerful expression in his own writing. His respect for music was part of his deep and instinctive insight into people; music was ranked as an expedition essential, evidenced by the centrality of the ship's gramophone and Hussey's banjo.
However, as was the norm, Endurance diaries and anecdotes describe the timeline - events and facts – with only an odd glimpse of what was going on for the emotional being. And yet, that's where motivation, vision, and indeed endurance itself originate.
Shackleton's lyrical sigh of relief on reaching Stromness Whaling Station expresses so much more than its words :

We had suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole. We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man…..

“Shackleton's Endurance” is curated by Athy Heritage Museum and sponsored by Kildare Library and Arts Services. John MacKenna's words and Brian Hughes' music capture the emotions underlying the key stages of the expedition. The tempo ranges from the optimism and hope of the departure in August 1914 against darkening clouds of war, through the despair of losing the ship, to the mutual joy as Yelcho hoves to off Elephant Island.

This is a unique and innovative contribution to the commemorative repertoire of the Endurance expedition. It will be available in CD form from September, and a premiere performance will form the Arts stream of this year's Shackleton Autumn School.

SHACKLETON EPIC EXPEDITION LECTURE

Last Updated: 1 August 2014 - 10:25 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Lecturer confirmed for the 2014 Shackleton School is Tim Jarvis. His lecture is titled – 'Never the lowered banner – The Shackleton Epic Expedition'
 

LECTURE PROGRAMME 2014 SHACKLETON SCHOOL

Last Updated: 23 May 2014 - 2:38 pm

 

The Shackleton School is pleased to confirm the following lectures for this years school.

Further details of the full programme will be posted online in June.

 

 Michael Smith - “Shackleton”

 

Huw Lewis Jones - “Crossing of Antarctica”

 

Rorke Bryan - "Antarctica Then and Now: A Continent Tamed?"

P. J Capelotti - "Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, Englands Forgotten Arctic Explorer"

 Dr Rip Bukeley -  'The Bellingshausen opportunity: the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819-1821"

Dr C. L. Devlin - 'On the Natural History of Arctic Fauna:A Correspondence between James Lamont and Charles Darwin, 1860 to 1871'

 

Dr Bernard Stonehouse - 'Emperors and kings: tales of an Antarctic biologist'.

 

Jim Mayer - 'Shackleton – A Life in Poetry' –

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.

 

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

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