Included here are notices of exhibits, lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest. Current and closest to the present usually listed first. Go to PAST EVENTS for those that have already happened.The best polar gathering of the year is the Shackleton Autumn School, held each October in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Have a look at photos and commentary on the past seven gatherings excerpted from trip reports on my personal webpage.
Last updated: 11 August 2015.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
SHACKLETON ENDURANCE EXHIBITION
Ferry Terminal, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Exhibition open every day. Admission."The exhibition tells a survival story like no other: Irish-born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917. Today it's rightly seen as perhaps the most remarkable in exploration history: a tale of extraordinary leadership—of the triumph of the human heart and spirit when faced with the most terrible odds. But it was years before its true significance emerged.
Relive this true life story at the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dun Laoghaire. On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much, much more. After visiting the exhibition, you'll understand that it truly was a 'Triumph against all odds'."
See: http://www.shackletonexhibition.com/ (24 November 2013)
15th ANNUAL SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL
Friday-Monday, 23-26 October 2015, Athy, Co. Kildare, IrelandPhotographic Exhibition - "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. All the photographs were taken on film within thirty-five miles of the Arctic Circle.Lectures confirmed to date:Shackleton's Crossing of Antarctica–Could they have done it?—Robert Burton The Literature of Cold—Dr Phillip Sidney Shackleton and Leadership—Dr Jesus Alcoba Survival and Sacrifice in Mars Exploration–What we know from Polar Expeditions—Dr Erik Seedhouse The Archives at SPRI—Naomi Boneham Life on a French Antarctic Base—Samuel Blanc Over by Christmas? Back by 1915? New worlds for Scott's and Shackleton's men—Ann Straithie
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE
Friday, 6 November 2015, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London. Preceded by the AGM at 5:30pm in the South Cloister.
A special reception around the James Caird will be followed by talks from Dr Jan Piggott and Sebastian Coulthard.
Dinner will be served at 7pm in the Great Hall.
FRIENDS OF SPRI AGM
Saturday, 7 November 2015.
SPRI Lecture Theatre, Cambridge. Time and program TBA.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY MEMORIAL SERVICE
A memorial service associated with the cenetenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition is being planned for Westminster Abbey on 20 May 2016, followed by a reception at the Institute of Engineers.