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: 19 May 2013.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
SCOTT's LAST EXPEDITION
23 November - 30 June 2013, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand.
"One hundred years after its tragic end, Scott's last expedition to the Antarctic still resonates as a fantastic tale of endeavour and courage. In 1910, when Scott embarked on the former whaling ship Terra Nova during his second journey to explore the Antarctic, he could not have predicted it would be his last. Tragically, he and four of his colleagues died on their return from the South Pole two years later. The exhibition, Scott's Last Expedition, uncovers Scott the man, the team he brought with him to Antarctica and the details of the fascinating Terra Nova expedition. Through engaging experiences, visitors will be able to explore this historic and emotional journey from every angle.
For the first time since the epic journey in Antarctica, Scott's Last Expedition will reunite real artefacts used by Scott and his team with the rare scientific specimens they collected during the 1910-13 expedition. Admission fees apply."
"In partnership with the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Natural History Museum, London, Canterbury Museum is excited to be New Zealand's only venue for the internationally-acclaimed exhibition Scott's Last Expedition."
Note: This originally was at the Natural History Museum. London.
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)
6 June 2013, 7.30pm, Plymouth Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Plymouth. Dinner to celebrate Captain Scott's 145th birthday. After-dinner speaker to be announced. Sponsored by the Devon & Cornwall Polar Society.
21-23 June 2013, Community Centre and the South Pole Inn, Annascaul, Co Kerry, Ireland.
Entertainment (Parade, Dance, Music, Aidan Dooley's one-man Tom Crean show) and Lectures (Michael Smith, Frank Nugent, Pat Falvey, Julian Evans)
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Friday-Monday, 25-28 October 2013, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Friday, 8 November 2013, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Angie Butler, "The Quest for Frank Wild."
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 August 2014, Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth (where Shackleton stayed before departing on Endurance). Centenary Dinner to commemorate the departure of the Endurance from Plymouth. Other activities are planned—lectures, 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.
Saturday, 10 May 2015, aboard HQS Wellington, London.
Buffet lunch; no speaker.
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.