News: PROGRAMME FOR 15TH SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL
Friday, 23rd October
Official Opening & Exhibition Launch
in Athy Heritage Centre – Museum.
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 From Ice Floes to Battlefields draws on previously unpublished journals, letters and other archive material to throw new light on the Terra Nova expedition and on ‘what happened next’ to Scott’s ‘Antarctics’, men who had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.
Daily Exhibitions – Athy Heritage Centre - Museum
10.00am – 5.00pm - "Life on the Line"
LIFE ON THE LINE celebrates the variety of existence in the circumpolar Arctic, in the face of overwhelming environmental and cultural change. Over a number of years, photographer Cristian Barnett has journeyed to the Arctic Circle, an invisible line of latitude 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the Equator. The line intersects eight countries and is home to a rich diversity of peoples for whom the sun never sets in high summer, nor rises in deepest winter. This exhibition is drawn from his book Life on the Line, recently published by Polarworld and on sale in the Museum shop. All the photographs were taken on film within thirty-five miles of the Arctic Circle.
Saturday, 24th October
Lecture Series Athy Library
10.00am “Shackleton's Crossing of Antarctica – Could he have done it? ”
11.20 “Captain Scott, The Modern Traveller ”
Dr Phillip Sidney
12.10 “Lessons from a Polar Explorer about Success”
Dr Jesús Alcoba
2.30pm “Survival and Sacrifice in Mars Exploration - What we know from Polar Expeditions"
Dr Erik Seedhouse
3.30pm “Scurvy and Polar Exploration”
Dr Kevin McKenna
A series of short presentations on topics relevant to the Shackleton Autumn School, presented by those with a passion for their subject.
8pm Autumn School Dinner in Clanard Court Hotel, Athy Tickets €40
Sunday, 25th October Athy Library
10.00am “Penguin legs are good cold" - notes from the Scott Polar Archives”
11.20am 'Wintering over in Antarctica - 15 months at the French station Dumont d’Urville '
12.10pm “Over by Christmas? Back by 1915? New worlds for Scott’s and Shackleton’s men."
Film Athy Library
2.30pm Antarctica – A Year On Ice
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. Anthony has had his work appear in numerous films, exhibits and TV shows. He most recently featured in the Emmy Award-winning BBC series, The Frozen Planet.
4.00pm Open Forum – Chaired by Bob Headland
Cultural Evening Athy Dominican Church
8.00pm Shackleton's Endurance
"Shackleton's Endurance" is a widely acclaimed re-telling of the story of Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Craig Blackwell’s visuals, Brian Hughes' composition and John MacKenna's narrative capture the emotions underlying this epic tale, from the optimism of departure through shipwrecked desolation, and finally the euphoria of rescue. The performers will be joined onstage by Kildare County Orchestra, Monasterevin Gospel Choir and invited musicians.
Commissioned by Athy Heritage Centre-Museum with support from Kildare County Council's Arts and Library Services, the performance premiered in GBS Theatre Carlow as part of the 2014 Shackleton Autumn School. Composer and Athy resident Brian Hughes has seized on the recent availability of a suitable venue to fulfill his ambition of staging “Shackleton’s Endurance” in his and Shackleton’s home locality.
Monday, 26th October 2015
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 and Quaker Meeting House.
Information on Contributors
Cristian is a professional photographer with over 15 years experience working with many of the best cookery book publishers and magazines as well as restaurants, hotels and other commercial clients. His recent book titles include Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes and Hope and Greenwood's Sweets Made Simple. Magazine work includes Country Living, Saga and House and Garden. His long-term project Life on the Line, a series of portraits shot along the Arctic circle, was published in September 2014.
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 Shackleton spent on South Georgia. Bob now visits annually as a lecturer on cruise ships.
Dr Phillip Sidney
Philip Sidney is a freelance writer and researcher, currently at work on a literary history of Scott's last expedition. He completed his PhD thesis, Scott's Last Expedition and the Literature of Cold, at the University of Cambridge in late 2013. Philip has frequently presented on polar topics, most recently at the 'Heroes' conference held at the Royal Geographical Society; his writing has appeared in Polar Record, Critical Quarterly, Church Times and The Junket. Philip was a shortlisted candidate for the International Scott Centenary Expedition 2012.
Dr Jesús Alcoba
Jesús Alcoba MsC, MBA, PhD is the Dean of La Salle International Graduate School of Business. He has authored several scientific papers and books. His latest one is La Brújula de Shackleton (Shackleton´s Compass), a book that combines his research in personal success with the legendary Endurance expedition that was awarded as one of the best 2014 business books in Spain. He the author of ernestshackleton.es, a website that narrates the Endurance expedition following Shackleton's “South”, and he has travelled to Antarctica to retrace some of its more breathtaking passages.
Dr Erik Seedhouse
Erik Seedhouse is a Norwegian-Canadian suborbital astronaut. After military service Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency’s Institute for Space Medicine. He found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultra-man Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Erik won the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996, the World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop. In 1997 GQ magazine nominated him as the ‘Fittest Man in the World’. Erik works as an astronaut instructor, professional speaker, triathlon coach and author.
Dr Kevin McKenna
Dr Kevin McKenna was born in Belfast. He trained at Queen's University Belfast and Harvard Medical School, Boston. He is currently a consultant at the Belfast City Hospital. He has a life long interest in history and polar exploration. He is married to Gail and has five children.
Naomi is the Archivist at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. After studying mainly European history at University Naomi moved on to much more local records working in County Archives both before and after qualifying as an Archivist. In 2006 she switched from estate records to the frozen world of Arctic and Antarctic exploration. The SPRI Archives have provided an opportunity to combine her interest in cataloguing theory with the ability to remain in daily contact with researchers.
Samuel Blanc was born in the Chartreuse mountain range in the heights of Grenoble in Isère. It was there that his passion for nature in general and for fauna in particular was born. Manager of projects targeting public schools, adults or students, he has led conferences, headed naturalist visits, and participated in audiovisual shows. After this he spent fifteen months in Adélie Land in Antarctica, on behalf of the CNRS and of the French Polar Institute in the framework of a research program on biology and ecology. On site, he was
responsible for the study and monitoring of populations of birds and of marine mammals.
Anne Strathie was born and educated in Scotland and now lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Before embarking on researching and writing Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel, she worked in business and the arts and heritage sector, including at Cheltenham’s Wilson Art Gallery & Museum. In the course of her research for Birdie Bowers and From Ice Floes to Battlefields, she travelled to New Zealand, Antarctica (Ross Sea) and World War One sites; she has given talks and taken part in events in Britain and New Zealand.
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.