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: 24 November 2013.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH…AND BACK: SELECTIONS FROM THE JAY I. KISLAK POLAR COLLECTION
Selections from the stellar collection of Jay I. Kislak are on exhibit at the Osher Map Library from September 24th 2013 to February 27th 2014. The Osher Library is part of the University of South Maine in Portland.The Osher Map Library is pleased to present To the Ends of the Earth . . . and Back: Selections from the Jay I. Kislak Polar Collection, an exhibition curated by Arthur Dunkleman, Director of the Jay I. Kislak Foundation, Miami Lakes, Florida. The exhibition offers a historical overview of polar exploration and the ongoing process of globalization as depicted in maps, charts, books, and artifacts from the Kislak Polar Collection. It begins with the Greek and Roman concepts of the "frigid zones," as the polar regions were first named, continues with the Renaissance idea of terra australis [the supposed southern continent] and the often fatal search for the Northeast and Northwest passages from Europe to Asia, and ends with the ultimate challenge: to reach the South Pole, the end of the earth. The exhibition includes over eighty objects that span five centuries. They document not only Western expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic but also the impact of those expeditions on popular culture and globalization. Jay I. Kislak, a prominent collector of maps, assembled the Kislak Polar Collection over many years, collecting rare books, manuscripts and other artifacts related to world exploration and especially the New World and the polar regions. Kislak and his wife, Jean, residents of Maine and Florida, are lifelong connoisseurs and supporters of the arts. The Jay I. Kislak Foundation was established in 1984 to foster greater understanding of the cultures and history of the Americas. In 2004, the foundation donated more than 3,000 rare books, maps, manuscripts and artifacts related to the Early Americas to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The Jay I. Kislak Collection is the core of Exploring the Early Americas, an ongoing exhibition in the historic Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress and is integral to the library's program of research, education, and public activity. During the past decade the foundation has focused on the early history of navigation, exploration and discovery, with particular emphasis on the polar regions. Selected highlights of the Kislak Polar Collection are on display in this exhibition. Source: http://www.americanaexchange.com/articles/1536 Link to University of South Maine, the Osher Library. (4 October 2013)
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)
Friday, 9 May 2014, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Speaker to be determined.
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
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.
Christchurch, New Zealand.
August 2012 and/or August 2014
Contact: Joanna Blair, Events Development Manager
Christchurch City Council
Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 941 6346
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.
Saturday, 9 May 2015, aboard HQS Wellington, London.
Dinner and lecture, tasking the place of the usual May dinner at Dulwich College.
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.
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.