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: 1 April 2014.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
THE RACE TO THE END OF THE EARTH
"It [the exhibit] is currently in Genoa, Italy. Then it goes to Victoria, BC (opening 17 May 2013) and then on to France (Lyon, 2014).""This exhibit, produced and first exhibited by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, tells the story of the competing South Pole expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, explaining in detail why Amundsen made it and Scott did not." [Well, actually he did; he just didn't make it back!]
It was at the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C. from 25 May to 21 August 2011.
—News of Norway, Spring 2011. A more extensive review of the exhibit when it was in New York may be found at http://www.antarctic-circle.org/eventspast5.htm#27 (12 May 2011)
SHACKLETON ENDURANCE EXHIBITION
Ferry Terminal, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Exhibition open every day. Admission. Exhibition runs through September 2014."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 Dœn 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)
Monday, 16 June 2014, 7:30pm onwards, Waterstone's, Trafalgar Square, London.
Stephen Haddelsey and Alan Carroll will talk about their new book Operation Tabarin: Britain's Secret Wartime Expedition to Antarctica, 1944-46. The event is open to all and is free. There will be a slide show and talk by the authors, followed by book signings.
THE EXPLORERS CLUB: ANTARCTICA
A recently received e-mail:"I am a musician and songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand, bringing an award-winning performance to the UK and Ireland in the summer of 2014. Our unique show, 'The Explorers Club: Antarctica,' tells the stories of Ernest Shackleton, Captain Scott, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration using original folk songs, spoken word performance, heritage images and new illustrations. The show is meticulously researched, and we have performed the work at some of New Zealand's principal museums, including our National Maritime Museum in Auckland. We have been touring the show around New Zealand in 2013, playing to packed houses at Arts Festivals, theatres, museums, galleries and schools. The show has received rave reviews and picked up the award for 'best music' at the 2013 NZ Fringe Festival Awards. We are bringing the show to Europe in August 2014, where we will present it as part of the Edinburgh Fringe line-up. We plan to tour the UK and Ireland in August/September, and we are very interested in performing the work as part of any celebrations being held to mark the centenary of the Endurance expedition. Our show runs for around sixty minutes, and consists of spoken-word storytelling, original folk songs, and multimedia projections featuring heritage images and new illustrations telling the stories of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and Scott's Terra Nova Expedition. We have performed at all sorts of venues and events, and we are also able to perform a modified version of the show to a primary school audience, which is something that would be great to organise in the UK in association with UKAHT. I am happy to provide references from Arts Festivals and major New Zealand museums if you would like more information about the show. After performing the work at both the Auckland and Wellington Maritime Museums this year we have been invited back to perform the sequel at those institutions as part of the NZ Fringe Festivals in 2015."For more see http://www.bondstreetbridge.blogspot.co.nz/p/explorers-club-antarctica.html
Also a YouTube video. —Thanks to the UKAHT.
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE
Friday, 9 May 2014, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Speaker to be determined.
25th POLAR LIBRARIES COLLOQUY
29 June - 3 July, 2014, co-hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
Information as it develops at http://arcticcentre.ulapland.fi/polarweb/plc/evnt.asp
ENDURANCE CENTENARY DINNER IN PLYMOUTH
7 & 8 August 2014, Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth (where Shackleton stayed before departing on Endurance) (http://www.thedukeofcornwall.co.uk). Centenary Dinner to commemorate the departure of the Endurance from Plymouth. Other activities are planned—lectures (by Michael Smith, Bob Burton, Wilson McOrist and Seb Coulthard), plays, films and a plaque unveiling on Millbay Dock. This event is supported by the James Caird Society and the Antarctic 100 group
More information will be forthcoming from Paul Davies and the Devon & Cornwall Polar Society.
NEW ZEALAND ANTARCTIC FESTIVAL
Christchurch, New Zealand.(6 July 2010)
August 2012 and/or August 2014
Contact: Joanna Blair, Events Development Manager
Christchurch City Council
Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 941 6346
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE
Friday, 7 November 2014, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Speaker to be determined.
"For those who collect, write, publish, buy, sell & love books relating to Antarctica and the South Polar Regions." Tentatively scheduled for 1-4 May 2015 in and around Craobh Haven, western Scotland.
Just recently (early November 2013) Falcon Scott and I checked out sites and sights around Craobh Haven, particularly Lunga House which is likely to be the venue for the gathering. I was certainly impressed with what I saw so it looks like a go!
All will be confirmed early in 2014.
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, CENTENARY LUNCH
Saturday, 9 May 2015, aboard HQS Wellington, London.
Dinner and lecture, tasking the place of the usual May dinner at Dulwich College.
A PONTING SHOW?
Nothing has been decided yet but there is talk of re-creating in some fashion Herbert Ponting's very successful show of his Terra Nova expedition photography that was held at the Fine Arts Society in London in 1914. Some Wilson watercolors may be added as well.
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.
AURORA EXPEDITION SYMPOSIUM
"The Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson marked the first Australasian temporary occupation of Antarctica.Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014
Mawson's expedition returned to South Australia on 26 February 1914 with great fanfare. Now, one hundred years later, and with several more narratives available, the expedition is being re-examined.
This day-long symposium will focus on what has been omitted, forgotten, not well told or distorted.
Internationally renowned speakers include controversial historian David Day, author Meredith Hooper (2014 Australian of the Year in the UK), explorer Professor Chris Turney (recently returned to Australia from the 2013-2014 Australasian Antarctic Expedition), academic Elle Leane and environmental scientist Pat Quilty, along with descendants of expeditioners Sir Douglas Mawson and Cecil Thomas Madigan. Themes covered will include Aurora, Macquarie Island, science, main base, the recently published diaries of Mawson's Adelaide University colleague Cecil Madigan, and the scientific and cultural legacies of this historic journey.
The symposium will be opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia. Sessions will run all day with breaks for lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, and followed by a cocktail reception to toast the centenary of the expedition's return."
Venue: Mawson Laboratories, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide Price: $125 Adults, $75 students/concession.
Enquiries: Mr Peter Burdon (08) 8313 40029am Prof. Bob Hill, University of Adelaide IntroductionAdditional information at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/aurora/ (9 February 2014)
9.15–9.45am Professor Martin Hand AAE Science Today
9.45–10.15am Dr John Ainsworth The Macquarie Island Wireless and Weather Station, 1911–1915
10.15–10.45am Mark Pharaoh Sealers, Wekas and Other Kiwi Influences on the AAE at Macquarie Island: Overlooking the New Zealand Contribution, 1911–14
10.45–11am His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia Official Symposium Opening
11–11.30am Morning Tea Concurrent Sessions
11.30am–12pm H.J.G. Dartnall The Aurora's crew 1911–1914
11.30am–12pm Pat Quilty Unfinished business: AAE science is still active 12–12.30pm Dr Elizabeth Leane High-Latitude Lassitude: Laziness and Leisure in the AAE
12–12.30pm Dr Andrew Atkin From Southern Cross to Aurora: a brief history of advances in Antarctic terrestrial magnetic research, 1898–1914 12.30–1pm Emma McEwin Penguins on Horseback and Douglas Mawson's Iron Gut
12.30–1pm Meredith Hooper Playing the Game 1–2pm Lunch 2–2.30pm Heather Rossiter The Publication of C.T. Madigan's diary: Madigan's Account, the Mawson Expedition
2.30–3pm Dr David Day Countdown to Disaster: A discussion of the complex factors that caused the death of Xavier Mertz
3–3.30pm Jenny Hunter Chevalier de Tintail: Reflections on the life of John George Hunter and his contribution to the AAE
3.30–4pm Afternoon Tea
4–4.30pm Dr Anna Lucas Captain John King Davis, bringing Mawson and the team home
4.30–5pm Dr Bernadette Hince Antarctic Welcome Home Dinners
5–5.30pm Professor Chris Turney Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013–2014