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: 14 November 2015.

Accessed at least many times since 17 April 2007.

Events associated with the centenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition 2014-2016
Current & Continuing Antarctic Events
Upcoming Antarctic Events

Events associated with the centenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition 2014-2016:

[Numerous events, mostly in the UK, are being proposed and planned during 2014-2016 to commemorate Shackleton's Endurance Expedition. The
Shackleton 100 website has now been launched that will act as a central information clearinghouse for these events and once up, much of the information will be duplicated here or possibly just a link will be included.]

Current & Continuing Antarctic Events:


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'."

(24 November 2013)

Upcoming Antarctic Events:


An exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London.
Running 27 November 2015 - 28 February 2016.
Preview for Fellows and members of the Society on Friday, 20 November.

"The Society's forthcoming exhibition, The Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley, brings to the fore the importance of film and photography in our contemporary understanding of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic or Endurance Expedition (1914-17).
    Australian film-maker and photographer Frank Hurley's images are at the core of the Endurance Expedition's story, providing us with a unique visual record both pre- and post-destruction of the ship in November 1915. Passionate and meticulous, Hurley had been inspired from a young age by the opportunities which photography and film-making provided.
    In December 1911, at just 26, Hurley joined the Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-13). Following this expedition, Hurley's growing reputation secured him the post as Shackleton's official expedition photographer, joining the Endurance in Buenos Aires in October 1914. Hurley arrived in Antarctica an experienced expedition member, seasoned to extreme hardship and eager to revisit the Antarctic landscapes.
    Hurley's companions on board the Endurance recorded their astonishment at the dedication he showed to achieving the best possible shots, and his work reveals a primary desire to story-tell through the medium of film. While the financial imperative for his photographic and film work to underwrite expedition costs was paramount, Hurley's work in Antarctica tapped into his desire to reach out to the mass market, and his techniques—using photomontage and latterly in creating large-scale photographic prints to better convey his subject to audiences—make him the first truly modern photographer and film-maker to work on the continent.
    A showman at heart, on his return to Europe and then onwards to Australia, Hurley's sense of theatre delighted and amazed audiences. His 'Synchronized Entertainment Lectures', which combined still, cine-film, projection and commentary, demonstrated his confidence in the power of his Antarctic images; an experience which we hope to emulate for visitors to the Society's exhibition this autumn.
    The exhibition is generously supported by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, the Governments of the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Rolex and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851."


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.