PAST ANTARCTIC EVENTS - 2005 and 2006

Included here are notices of lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest that appeared in 2005 or 2006 'Antarctic Events' but are now history.

Last updated: 8 November 2008.




INDEX OF EVENTS (Most recent first):

Endurance & Survival (11 February 2006-January 2007. National Maritime Museum Cornwall).
Friends of SPRI - AGM and talk by Ran Fiennes (11 November 2006. SPRI, Cambridge).
James Caird Society--AGM and Members' Evening. Talk by Margot Morrell (3 November 2006. Dulwich College, London).
Raymond Priestley Exhibit (18 July-October 2006. Tewksbury Borough Museum, Tewksbury, UK).
6th Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School (27-30 October 2006. Athy, Ireland).
Sir Wally Herbert Testimonial Evening (18 October 2006. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Halley Bay 50 Year Observance (14-15 October 2006. Northampton, UK).
"To the South Pole with Reindeer." Lecture (12 October 2006. Royal Geographical Society, London).
"The Lost Men." Lecture by Kelly Tyler-Lewis (25 September 2006. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Lecture by Jason De Carteret (20 September 2006. Royal Geographical Society, London).
James Caird Society--Day at the National Maritime Museum (9 September 2006. National Maritime Museum, Falmouth).
Expeditions--What's the Point? (4 September 2006. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Old Antarctic Explorers Association -- 3rd National Symposiuim/Reunion (17-19 August 2006. Warwick, Rhode Island).
'Due South' works of John Kelly (11 February-29 May 2006. Manchester Museum, University of Manchester).
Friends of SPRI - Summer Lunch and Polar Book Den. Aidan Dooley's 'Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer.' (3 June 2006. SPRI, Cambridge).
Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (12-23 June 2006. Edinburgh, Scotland).
'Ice Images' at the Tall Ship (January-July 2006. Glasgow, Scotland).
UKAHT Visit to HMS Endurance and RRS James Clark Ross (18 June 2006. Leith, Scotland).
Will Steger on Lincoln Ellsworth (21 May 2006. Hudson Library & Historical Society, Hudson, Ohio).
James Caird Society - Members' Evening and Lecture (12 May 2006. Dulwich College, London).
Friends of SPRI - 40th Birthday Party (29 April. SPRI, Cambridge).
Herbert Ponting Exhibit (September 2005-Easter 2006. SPRI, Cambridge).
Public Lecture Series - Lent Term. (11 February-25 March 2006. SPRI, Cambridge).
Tom Crean--The Un-sung Hero of Antarctic Exploration. A talk by Michael Smith. (22 February 2006. National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Falmouth, UK).
Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer, Aidan Dooley (25 January-11 February 2006. Boston, Massachusetts).
Books on Ice--An Exhibit at the Grolier Club (7 December 2005-4 February 2006. Grolier Club, New York City).
Antarctic Connections--Plymouth City Museum (until 31 December 2005. Plymouth).
Public Lecture Series - Michaelmas Term (15 October-26 November 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
Friends of SPRI - AGM (12 November 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
James Caird Society - AGM, Members' Evening and Lecture (4 November 2005. Dulwich College, London).
Shackleton's Epic Antarctic Adventure: Through the Eyes of his Photographer. Talks by Shane Murphy (3 November 2005. North Carolina State University and North Caroline Museum of Natural Sciences).
Fifth Annual Shackleton Autumn School (28-31 October 2005. Athy, Ireland).
Our Polar Past and Present: Byrd Colloquy (26-28 October 2005. Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus).
The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (23 July - mid-October 2005. National Museum of Ireland, Dublin).
Antarctic Encounter (Scheduled for 20 October 2005 but apparently held a week earlier. Central Park, New York City).
UKAHT Event with The Princess Royal (10 October 2005. London). FIRST-HAND REPORT FROM JONATHAN SHACKLETON.
Breaking Ice: An Exhibit at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery (30 July - 2 October 2005. Wellington, New Zealand).
Aidan Dooley's 'Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer.' (1 October 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
Aidan Dooley's 'Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer.' (14-25 September 2005. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, Vermont).
Race for the South Pole 1909-1912; An Exhibition (2 May - 1 July 2005. Central Library, Edinburgh).
With Scott To The Pole. Photographic Exhibition at The RGS (16 May - 29 June 2005. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Friends of SPRI: Summer Lunch (4 June 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
James Caird Society Members' Evening and Lecture (13 May 2005. Dulwich College, London).
William Hodges Exhibit (27 January 27 - 24 April, 2005. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut).
Talks at SPRI (February 2005-20 April 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
Friends of SPRI: An Evening with Peter Hillary (20 April 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
Shackleton: The Hidden Collections (May 2004-March 2005. SPRI, Cambridge).
Due South: Art and the Antarctic. An exhibition of the work of John Kelly (22 January-5 March 2005. Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum).
Molly Sheridan's South Georgia Paintings (October 21, 2004 for ca. 4 months. SPRI, Cambridge).
"Non-Existent Islands of the Antarctic on Maps, Ancient and Modern," talk by Robert Headland (10 February 2005. Hakluyt Society, Warburg Institute, London).
Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks. An exhibition. (From 15 November 2004 for several weeks. Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum).
Discovery Centenary Weekend. (10-12 December 2004. Held by the Tom Crean Society).



ENDURANCE & SURVIVAL

An exhibit at the National Maritime Museum Corwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall 11 February 2006 to January 2007

Museum hours: Every day, 10 - 5. (Library open Tuesday-Saturday)
Admission: £7.
Website: www.nmmc.co.uk

"When was the last time you pushed yourself to the absolute max, tested your strength of will to carry on, persevered in the face of adversity and battled against all the odds?

Sir Ernest Shackleton, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Tony Bullimore are famous for showing their strength of character. The Maritime Museum's new 2006 'Endurance & Survival' exhibition captures the incredible stories behind their achievements and those of less well known adventurers. All have endured and survived, in a personal challenge to achieve their goal; often in the face of extreme danger.

Opening on February 11, the new exhibition focuses on the key elements of survival: food, water, warmth and the emotional strength of endurance, taking the visitor on a journey through the very physical and mental challenges of survival at sea.

One of the highlights of the exhibition tells one of the greatest stories of survival against overwhelming odds. In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his 27 crew left England in Endurance on a Transantarctic Expedition to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. What followed was one of the most admired stories of leadership and survival.

After being locked in the ice for 281 days, Shackleton gave the order to abandon ship and reach land. However, the nearest land with food and shelter was 374 miles away.

Lifeboats, rations and personal effects were rem oved from Endurance and dragged across the ice until conditions forced them to establish a new base. Six months later they launched the three lifeboats as they spotted land 60 miles away. After a week at sea, with little sleep or food and punishing weather, the crew landed on Elephant Island.

Shackleton knew that he had to get help to save the men and on April 24 1916, he and five men set out for South Georgia in the 23 ft boat the James Caird on a journey of 800 miles that would cross the most 'tempestuous storm-swept area of water in the world.'

Worsley navigated a successful landing at South Georgia and, after an incredible journey, Shackleton and two companions made their way, enormously ill-equipped, through un-charted mountains towards Stromness and rescue. After nearly two years of the most unimaginable hardship, Shackleton rescued his men and proved himself as the most natural of born leaders, idiolised for his power to lead in the positions of most danger, difficulty and responsibility.

The new exhibition highlights this leadership and features the James Caird, and some of Shackleton's personal items as well as Leonard Hussey's morale boosting banjo and the replica costume worn by Kenneth Branagh in the Channel 4 'Shackleton' film.

Other major objects include the Ednamair, a 9 ft dinghy which, in 1972, saved the Robertson family after their yacht was sunk by killer whales. With just a bag of onions all six members of the family survived by living off the sea for 38 days before being rescued.

We also have Britannia, the very first boat rowed solo, by John Fairfax, across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969. Fairfax completed his challenge on the same day that the first man landed on the moon. Amazingly, the crew of Apollo 11 heard of Fairfax's achievement and sent him a message from space.

Tony Bullimore's agonisingly cold and lonely five days in the southern ocean is also featured. Using a representation of an upturned hull and rare objects from his 96/97 Vendée Globe challenge, which saved him from fatal exposure, you can re-live his incredible story of survival.

The physical strengths behind Dame Ellen MacArthur's and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's solo non-stop round the world records are also highlighted and the advancement in their navigation and communication equipment explored. The exhibit asks "could you navigate your way around the world as Knox-Johnston did or sleep for just a few 30 minute naps a day, for 71 days as Ellen did?" Along with a number of other never before seen, objects, stories and film, this new show, opening on February 11, is an adrenalin adventure and showcases British determination and creativity. Even the most hardened of explorers will admire the feats achieved by these extraordinary people."

--From http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?page=News_Centre&newsid=61

(23 January 2006)



FRIENDS OF SPRI - AGM

The Friends AGM will be held on Saturday 11 November 2006.

"5 pm: Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living Dangerously, My Life as an Explorer.
Ca. 6 pm: Friends AGM
Ca. 7 pm: Autumn Buffet and Diamond Jubilee Prize Draw."
--From the January 2006 Polar Bytes.
(28 January 2006)

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt. OBE presents 'Living dangerously: my life as an explorer' Ranulph Fiennes, Saturday 11th November 2006, 5pm, BMS Lecture Theatre, Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road
Tickets £12.50 available in advance from the Friends or the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER. 01223 336540.

"Since 1969 when he led the British Expedition on the White Nile, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been at the forefront of many expeditions. Described as the "World's Greatest Living Explorer" by the Guinness Book of Records in 1984, his exploits around the world have pushed the limits of human knowledge and endurance. In the process they have raised millions of pounds for charity and have achieved some legendary polar records. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE for 'human endeavour and charitable services'; and in 1995 a second clasp to his Polar Medal in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in Polar exploration. Sir Ranulph is also a renowned speaker.

* 1979-1982 The Trans-Globe Expedition (the first surface journey around the world's polar axis, during which his team became the first people to reach both Poles by surface travel).
* 1986 The North Polar Unsupported Expedition (furthest north unsupported record)
* 1990-1991 The Anglo-Soviet North Pole Expedition
* 1992-1993 The Pentland South Pole Expedition (which attempted the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and achieved the longest unsupported polar journey in history)
* 2000 Solo North Pole Expedition
* 2003 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents (This, despite his having suffered a major heart attack and double bypass operation the same year)

Sir Ranulph's first book was published in 1970 and has been followed by over a dozen others. A popular author, Sir Ranulph's critically acclaimed biography of Captain Scott was the best selling biography of 2003. He has kindly agreed to sign copies of his books after the talk.

A Fund-raising lecture for the Diamond Jubilee of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is sometimes inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. The entrances and escapes, and access for the fire brigade, must not be obstructed. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings."

--From the Friends website: www.spri.cam.ac.uk/friends/events
(19 August 2006)



JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY - AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE

The Society's fall members' evening is to be held on Friday 3 November 2006. The speaker will be Miss Margot Morrell on 'The Making of a Shackleton Bestseller.'
(8 April 2006)



RAYMOND PRIESTLEY EXHIBIT

From 18 July 2006 at the Tewkesbury Borough Museum, 64 Barton Street.

An exhibit is being planned on Raymond Priestley. More details later.
--From the April 2006 Bergy Bits, the newsletter of the Friends of Antarctica.
(8 April 2006)



6th ANNUAL ERNEST SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

Click here for some after-the-event photos and commentary.

This always interesting and enjoyable gathering is scheduled for 27-30 October 2006 at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. For information as it develops go to www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

The schedule at the moment includes Senator David Norris giving the Shackleton Memorial Lecture on the 27th; lectures on the 28th and 29th by Jarlath Cunnane, Margot Morrell, Robert Stephenson and Joe O'Farrell; the film 'With Byrd to the South Pole' on the 29th; 'Still and Distant Voices,' drama by John MacKenna on the 29th; excursions through 'Shackleton Country' on the 30th. Daily exhibitions will include 'Shackleton's Men'--the story of the men of hte Endurance Expedition (curated by John F. Mann); art exhibition; Antarctic Adventurers re-creating the classic period of Antarctic explorations. Shackleton Autumn School Dinner on the 28th.

(14 August 2006)

UPDATE: Full information is now available at http://www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie/shackleton/2006/autumnschool3.html
(10 September 2006)



SIR WALLY HERBERT TESTIMONIAL EVENING

On Wednesday, October 18th, 2006, celebrities from the worlds of television, exploration and science will be performing at the Royal Geographical Society in London to honour the lifetime achievements of one of Britain's greatest explorers. Performers include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Pen Hadow, Sir Chris Bonington, Robert Swan and Fritz Koerner, to name but a few.

In 1968/69 Sir Wally Herbert made the first ever surface crossing of the frozen Arctic Ocean. En route he and his team became the first expedition to successfully reach the North Pole by surface travel, without the assistance of airlifts. Upon arrival at the Pole, Wally and his team continued on their journey across the Arctic Ocean, finally reaching Spitsbergen 16 months after leaving Alaska. To this day, his accomplishment has never successfully been repeated.

Furthermore, nobody alive today has made a greater contribution to the surveying and mapping of the Antarctic continent. For his efforts, Sir Wally has received two Polar Medals, Gold Medals from the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, as well as the Explorers Medal from the Explorers Club (New York) and a knighthood.

Tickets for this testimonial evening have just gone on sale to the public and can be purchased via Voyage Concepts. To book, ring 0208 399 6327 or email tickets@voyageconcepts.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book online at www.voyageconcepts.co.uk.

Standard price tickets for the performance, which starts at 7pm, cost £30 per person. Alternatively, you might wish to opt for the VIP option. These tickets cost £250 each, and include a champagne reception before the event, the performance itself, and then a VIP dinner afterwards. For further details contact Voyage Concepts.
(18 September 2006)



HALLEY BAY 50 YEAR OBSERVANCE

"A unique event to mark 50 years from the founding of the base at Halley Bay, Antarctica, on 6th January 1956 by the International Geophysical Year Expedition, is being held in the UK in October 2006. Halley is now the Antarctic station which has had the longest continuous British occupation.

The event will take the form of a celebration weekend and reunion dinner to be held at the Park Inn, Northampton, UK, on Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th October 2006. The programme will include talks, films, an exhibition, and a live video link-up to the present wintering party at Halley.

The following are very welcome to attend the celebration weekend: anyone who has lived at Halley (Bay), winter or summer; anyone who has visited Halley; anyone who has a close connection with or specific interest in Halley; any guest(s) of the above.

More information may be found on the Z-fids website: www.zfids.org.uk"

Submitted by Andy Smith
(15 April 2006)



TO THE SOUTH POLE WITH A REINDEER

A lecture by James Daly, Simon Daglish, Roger Weatherby, Geoff Somers and Ed Farquhar. Thursday 12 October 2006 at 6:30pm at the Royal Georgraphical Society, London.

"The party travelled to the South Pole in January 2006 from the position of Scott's final goodbye to his support party, using replica equipment and clothing. They recount their experiences."

All proceeds go to charity. Tickets: £20. Send cheque payable to Numis Polar Challenge with a s.a.e. to Joanne Carter, Wetherbys Bank Limited, Sanders Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 4BX. Tel: 01933 304782. E-mail: jcarter@wetherbys.co.uk. Web: www.numispolarchallenge.com
(19 August 2006)



THE LOST MEN

Kelly Tyler-Lewis will speak at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on Monday 25 September 2006 at 6:30pm. "Incorporating film footage and material from the Society's archives, Kelly gives a powerful talk on the Ross Sea Party sent to support Shackleton's crossing of the Antarctic in 1914." Limited to RGS-IBG members nad one guest. Her book--The Lost Men--recently appeared and is noted at www.antarctic-circle.org/book.htm#Tyler
(19 August 2006)



JOIN THE ICE CHALLENGER TEAM AS THEY TELL THE STORY OF THEIR WORLD RECORD-BREAKING JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH POLE

A lecture by Jason De Carteret. Wednesday 20 September 2006 at 7:15pm at the Royal Georgraphical Society, London.

"The world record breaking team give an insight into their biggest challenge yet, reaching the South Pole in a 4.5 tonne, 6x6 vehicle in a staggering 69 hours!"

A fund raising event in aid of the Antarctic Heritage Trust. Tickets: £15 for pre-ordered tickets, £17 at the door. Send cheque payable to Voyage Concepts Ltd. with a s.a.e. to Voyage Concepts Ltd., 81/83 Victoria Road, Surbiton, KT6 4NS. Tel: 0208 399 6060. E-mail: leonie@voyageconcepts.co.uk. Web: www.voyageconcepts.co.uk
(19 August 2006)



JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY - DAY AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM (FALMOUTH)

The Society is "planning to arrange a day at the National Maritime Museum (Falmouth) on 9th September 2006. Members will have the opportunity to see the current exhibition 'Endurance & Survival' where the James Caird and other boats are on display. We can enjoy the chance to see the exhibition without the public. This will be followed by dinner. We are inviting the South Georgia Association to join us for this."
(8 April 2006)

For additional information on the Museum and Exhibition go to www.nmmc.co.uk

The cost of the evening is £40 including wine before and during dinner. Reservations no later than 28 August. Contact Pippa Hare, The James Caird Society, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TH17 3EN, UK.
(16 July 2006)



EXPEDITIONS--WHAT'S THE POINT?

Col. John Blashford-Snell, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and John Hare will participate in this event on Monday 4 September 2006 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. "Join Libby Purves and three of the world's top expedition leaders for an entertaining evening of discussion, debate and recollections. Why do they do it? Audience participation encouraged!" A fund raising event in support of the Transglobe Expedition Trust. Tickets: £20. Send cheques payable to Transglobe Expedition Trust with s.a.e. to: A. Bowring, Transglobe Expedition Trust, c/o Walnut Tree Farm, Benhall, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1JB. Tel: 01728 604434. E-mail: TGExpedition@aol.com. Web: www.transglobe-expedition.org
(19 August 2006)



OLD ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS ASSOCIATION -- 3rd NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM/REUNION

The Old Antarctic Explorers Association (OAEA) will be holding its 3rd National Symposium/Reunion in Warwick, Rhode Island, Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19, 2006, hosted by the New England Chapter. The venue is the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Registration fee: $115.

"Among the tours offered: Davisville Seabee Museum & Quonset Air Museum--included in Registration fee for all attendees on Saturday, and will include lunch at the Air Museum. Herk and Ski-Herk Static Displays are planned. In addition, to commemorate this 3 rd OAEA National Reunion, the Quonset Air Museum plans to inaugurate its new, permanent Antarctic exhibit. An OAEA group photo is planned."

SCHEDULE

Thursday, 17 August:
3:00pm-8:00pm Symposium/Reunion; Registration
4:00pm-11:00pm 90°South open
8:00pm-10:00pm Icebreaker Social & Cash Bar

Friday, 18 August:
7:00am-8:00am Late Registration
8:00am-11:00pm 90°South open
8:30am-3:30pm Newport Mansion Tour (for spouses and non-members)
8:30am-9:00am Memorial Service (members)
9:00am-11:30am General Membership Meeting (members only)
11:30am-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm-4:00pm Guest Speakers
5:30pm-11:00pm Sunset Dinner/ Dance Cruise

Saturday, 19 August:
8:00am-11:00pm 90°South open
9:30am-2:00pm Organized Tour to Davisville Seabee & Quonset Air museums -Lunch Group Pictures
4:30pm-6:30pm Memory Book photos
6:30pm-11:30pm New England Clam Bake, door prizes, raffle drawings, dancing to the DJ

Sunday, 20 August:
8:00am-11:00am 90°South open for Farewells
11:00am Hotel Check-out time

For more information: http://www.oaea-ne.net/oaeareunions.html

Marty Diller, Chairman
207-729-0197
mgdiller@blazenetme.net

OAEA-NE Reunion
P.O. Box 597
Brunswick, ME 04011-0597

(19 February 2006)



DUE SOUTH

A show of the works of John Kelly at the Manchester Museum of the University of Manchester from Saturday 11 February to Monday 29 May 2006. "Stunning images from the last great wilderness by John Kelly, selected artist with the British Antarctic Survey."
"My work is an attempt to present the reality of Antarctica, not simply a visual record, but an account of the emotions and fleeting thoughts of life in the 'freezer'".

The Museum is open Mondays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4; Tuesday-Saturday 10-5. Closed Good Friday. Admission free. Website: www.museum.man.ac.uk

The show will then be at the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge University, from 30 June to 23 September 2006. Then to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 1 October 2006 to late January 2007.
--Thanks to Rachel Morgan, UKAHT
(8 April 2006)



FRIENDS OF SPRI - SUMMER LUNCH AND POLAR BOOK DEN; TOM CREAN REDUX

Saturday 3 June 2006.

"By popular demand Aidan Dooley will be returning to perform his play Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer on the evening of the Summer Lunch (June 3rd). A booking form will go out in the next issue of Polar Bytes--however, demand for tickets is very high as they are also going to be sold by the University of the 3rd Age. If you wish to ensure tickets to attend this performance please telephone me at once (01895-271-141)"
--From the January 2006 Polar Bytes.
(28 January 2006)



ANTARCTIC TREATY CONSULTATIVE MEETING - EDINBURGH AND ENVIRONS

The 29th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting will take place in Edinburgh, 12-23 June 2006.

Many public events and exhibitions are planned during this major gathering. For full details go to http://www.atcm2006.gov.uk
But here are some highlights:

EXHIBITIONS (Location is not given but presumably at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre) Hours: Saturday 17 June & Sunday 18 June from 10am - 6pm and weekday evenings from Monday 12 June to Thursday 22 June from 7pm - 10pm

Antarctica: a continent for science

White Horizons - British art from Antarctica from 1775-2006
Sixty stunning images in the first exhibition of its kind in the UK.

The Antarctic Photographs of Herbert Ponting
Iconic images from Scott's British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913.

PERFORMANCES

Scots in the Antarctic
Travel back in time to the Heroic era of Antarctic exploration as Dr David Munro of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society celebrates Scotland's forgotten polar heroes.
Tuesday 20 June, 7.30pm - 9pm
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
Tickets £3 adults, £1 children.

SHIPS OF THE ICE [See the entry below, the Friends of Antarctica visit.]

Welcome aboard British Antarctic Survey's RSS James Clark Ross and the Royal Navy's HMS Endurance. Meet scientists and support staff, see some of the amazing science that goes on onboard, take a peek inside a Lynx helicopter or try riding a skidoo.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June, 10am - 5pm
Ocean Terminal, Leith

OTHER EVENTS

The big freeze: Antarctica on film
A series of amazing Antarctic films, including the Oscar-winning March of the Penguins and fabulously frosty Kid's Club events.
Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June
Vue Edinburgh, Ocean Terminal
www.myvue.com
Further details, times and prices: 08712 240240

My day in Antarctica
A talk by Geoff Swinney from the National Museums of Scotland on the centenary of a unique scientific collaboration between Scotland and Argentina.
Sunday 18 June, 11.30am - 12.30 pm
Royal Museum, Edinburgh
www.nms.ac.uk

Café scientifique: sailing south
How do the modern ships that sail the Southern Ocean compare to those of earlier explorers? Join Captain Nick Lambert of HMS Endurance, Brian Kelly from RRS Discovery, Dundee and Geoff Swinney of the Royal Museum Edinburgh for a lively discussion in great surroundings.
Sunday 18 June, 6pm - 9pm
Ocean Kitchen Bar & Grill, Ocean Terminal, Leith


--From the ATCM website http://www.atcm2006.gov.uk
(8 April 2006)



'ICY IMAGES' AT THE TALL SHIP

January to July 2006.

"Further to the upcoming events in Edinburgh surrounding the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting XXIX, here's a little item about a current event in nearby Glasgow:

The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour is delighted to host this fascinating exhibition from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, which shows photographs and related materials from the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-1904. It highlights the contribution to polar exploration and research made by ScotlandÌs most famous polar explorer, William Speirs Bruce, aboard the research vessel 'Scotia'."

Open 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm
Adults £4.95 [For every paying adult a child goes free!!]
Web Link: www.thetallship.com
The Tall Ship is close to the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) on the north bank of the River Clyde, opposite the Science Centre.
--Thanks to Paul Youngs
(21 May 2006)



VISIT TO HMS ENDURANCE AND RRS JAMES CLARK ROSS

Sunday 18 June 2006.

"HMS Endurance and RRS James Clark Ross will be open to the public for tours at the Ocean Centre in Leith Dock (www.antarctica.ac.uk, www.visitandlearn.co.uk). We have a provisional plan for Friends [of Antarctica, UKAHT] to gather there at c. 10am on Sunday 18th June. The aim is to visit HMS Endurancec and then after lunch move on to RRS James Clark Ross. Please be in touch with Rachel Morgan on 1291 690305 or ukaht@dircon.co.uk if you are interested in coming along."
--From the April 2006 Bergy Bits, the newsletter of the Friends of Antarctica.
(8 April 2006)



WILL STEGER ON LINCOLN ELLSWORTH

Lincoln Ellsworth's Polar Expedition, Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Famed polar explorer Will Steger will be at the Hudson Library & Historical Society in Hudson, Ohio, to discuss the contributions of Hudson's own polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth and the current state of polar exploration. Will Steger is an educator, polar explorer, photographer, writer and lecturer. He has logged thousands of miles of travel by dog sled in the Arctic regions and has become a voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic.

Details:

Hudson Library & Historical Society
96 Library Street
Hudson, Ohio 44236
Tel: 330-653-6658
Web: www.hudsonlibrary.org
--Thanks to Emery Prior.
(19 March 2006)



JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY - MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE

The Society's spring members' evening is to be held on Friday 12 May 2006. 6:15pm for 6:45pm, in the Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.

"Before the Lecture a brass plaque in memory of Frank Wild, to be placed near the James Caird will be unveiled by his grand-niece Judy Corfield. Commander Wild was Second-in-command on the Endurance expedition and in charge of the men marooned on Elephant Island.

Mr. Nick Lykiardopulo will give a lecture on 'Southern Ocean Storms.' This will be followed by Dinner in the North Cloister & Lower Hall. The cost of the evening is £30 per head, including wine before and during dinner."

For information contact Pippa Hare, The James Caird Society, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EN.
(8 April 2006)



FRIENDS OF SPRI - 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY

Saturday 29 April 2006.

"The Friends' Diamond Jubilee Birthday Tea will be held in the Institute at 5 pm on Saturday 29th April 2006.

The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute was founded on 27th April 1946. To mark the anniversary, and as a 'thank you' to our supporters, this celebratory tea party is being held for all members of the Friends and Institute staff.
As part of this special occasion, the Friends will also formally present the Institute with the £50,000 endowment cheque raised by members, to create the William Mills Library Acquisitions Fund, in memory of William Mills, prominent Friend and late Librarian of the Institute.
Please indicate your intended attendance by contacting the Friends Secretary, so that we will have a reasonably accurate indication of numbers for the caterers. Members are welcome to bring guests for a small charge (£7.50 per person).
The Tea Party will be followed by the Diamond Jubilee Fund raising event: An Evening with Kari Herbert"
--From the January 2006 Polar Bytes.
(28 January 2006)



HERBERT PONTING EXHIBIT

September 2005 - Easter 2006 at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. An exhibition of the photographs of Herbert Ponting, to celebrate the recent acquisition of the negatives by the Institute (with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund).
--From an email from David Wilson
(30 March 2005)



SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE [Preliminary information. Only Antarctic related talks included.]

Public Lecture Series Lent Term 2006

Saturday 11 February 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
The Crossing of Antarctica
Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1955-58)

This film, made in technicolour, shows the first crossing of the Antarctic continent from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea. Led by Dr Vivian Fuchs, with members from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, the expedition established bases at the southern extents of the Weddell Sea ('Shackleton') in February 1956, and the Ross Sea ('Scott Base') in January 1957. From 24 November 1957 to 2 March 1958 the crossing was made reaching the South Pole on 20 January 1958. Dr Peter Fuchs, son of Sir Vivian Fuchs, will introduce the film.

Saturday 25 February 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Shackleton and Elephant Island
Jan Piggott

The lecturer is the Keeper of Archives of Dulwich College, London (Sir Ernest Shackleton's school) The narrative of the Endurance, beset and sunk, of the ordeals of the men on the ice and in the boats to Elephant Island is now well known, as is Shackleton's journey in James Caird to South Georgia to save his men, but how did the 22 men cope meanwhile, marooned on Elephant Island from 15 April to 30 August 1916? Frank Wild remained in charge saving them from starvation and despair. Their morale, in the face of extreme exposure to the elements, the ingenuity of their devices for survival, their diet, conversation and entertainments all reveal heroic qualities of Shackletonian endurance.

Saturday 11 March 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Sir James Wordie: Polar Crusader
Michael Smith

Sir James Wordie, as a geologist, was a member of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose early Antarctic experiences included being marooned on Elephant Island. Thus began a distinguished polar career. Wordie achieved prominence in the Discovery Committee, Royal Geographical Society, Scott Polar Research Institute, British Mountaineering Council, Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, St John's College, British National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, and several other organizations. Thus Sir James became a link between the 'Heroic Age' of exploration and recent times. The lecturer wrote the first biography of Sir James Wordie, with the endorsement of his family.

Saturday 25 March 2006 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
Peter Clarkson

The lecturer is the recently retired Executive Secretary of the senior non-governmental organization involved with all branches of Antarctic scientific research. He began his career as a geologist with the British Antarctic Survey where a vast practical experience of, and enthusiasm for, Antarctic regions developed. From 1989, when he was appointed to the SCAR, he has been involved in its deliberations and the many scientific programmes. As well as the science, many of the legal and diplomatic aspects, which are the provenance of the Antarctic Treaty, are also concerned because SCAR advises the Treaty. With over 15 years of experience in international meetings the lecturer will deliver a selection of anecdotes, confessions, and observations.

The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge (telephone 01223 336540). They are open to all who are interested. Saturday night lectures are free except for the special one and reception on 29 April. Seats may be reserved, on request, for members of the Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time because lectures involve use of projectors, which require the theatre lights to be dimmed. For safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the lecture is darkened may not be admitted. The Friends serve light refreshments after the Saturday night lectures.

The next Public Lectures are expected to be on 14 and 28 October, 11 and 25 November 2006.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is sometimes inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Owing to fire brigade regulations (our neighbour, the Department of Chemistry, is regarded. as particularly hazardous) visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. The entrances and escapes, and access for the fire brigade, must not be obstructed. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings.
(22 May 2005)



TOM CREAN--THE UN-SUNG HERO OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION

A talk by Michael Smith at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, on February 22 2006 at 6:30 pm. Tickets: £5. Lecture plus hot buffet £13.50. Please call 01326 214557 for bookings. See http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?page=Whats_On&event_id=118

Museum hours: Every day, 10 - 5. (Library open Tuesday-Saturday)

Tom Crean's incredible story of endurance and survival on the Antarctic ice was forgotten for 90 years until journalist and author, Michael Smith, developed his highly acclaimed book on this Antarctic survivor.
Crean's epic voygages of polar exploration are the stuff of legends. He survived Shackleton's epic Endurance expedition, sailing the James Caird and making the forced march across South Georgia in 1916 and was among the last to see Captain Scott alive near the South Pole in 1912.
He outlived famous explorers like Scott and Shackleton but only now can his amazing exploits be told in full. Find out why with this insightful illustrated lecture."
--From http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?page=Whats_On&event_id=118
--Thanks to Michael Smith

Michael Smith's talk is associated with a new exhibit at the Museum which opens on 11 February. There's no indication as when the exhibit closes.

ENDURANCE & SURVIVAL - new 2006 exhibition.

When was the last time you pushed yourself to the absolute max, tested your strength of will to carry on, persevered in the face of adversity and battled against all the odds?

Sir Ernest Shackleton, Dame Ellen MacArthur, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Tony Bullimore are famous for showing their strength of character. The Maritime Museum's new 2006 'Endurance & Survival' exhibition captures the incredible stories behind their achievements and those of less well known adventurers. All have endured and survived, in a personal challenge to achieve their goal; often in the face of extreme danger.

Opening on February 11, the new exhibition focuses on the key elements of survival: food, water, warmth and the emotional strength of endurance, taking the visitor on a journey through the very physical and mental challenges of survival at sea.

One of the highlights of the exhibition tells one of the greatest stories of survival against overwhelming odds. In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his 27 crew left England in Endurance on a Transantarctic Expedition to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent on foot. What followed was one of the most admired stories of leadership and survival.

After being locked in the ice for 281 days, Shackleton gave the order to abandon ship and reach land. However, the nearest land with food and shelter was 374 miles away.

Lifeboats, rations and personal effects were removed from Endurance and dragged across the ice until conditions forced them to establish a new base. Six months later they launched the three lifeboats as they spotted land 60 miles away. After a week at sea, with little sleep or food and punishing weather, the crew landed on Elephant Island.

Shackleton knew that he had to get help to save the men and on April 24 1916, he and five men set out for South Georgia in the 23 ft boat the James Caird on a journey of 800 miles that would cross the most 'tempestuous storm-swept area of water in the world.'

Worsley navigated a successful landing at South Georgia and, after an incredible journey, Shackleton and two companions made their way, enormously ill-equipped, through un-charted mountains towards Stromness and rescue. After nearly two years of the most unimaginable hardship, Shackleton rescued his men and proved himself as the most natural of born leaders, idiolised for his power to lead in the positions of most danger, difficulty and responsibility.

The new exhibition highlights this leadership and features the James Caird, and some of Shackleton's personal items as well as Leonard Hussey's morale boosting banjo and the replica costume worn by Kenneth Branagh in the Channel 4 'Shackleton' film.

Other major objects include the Ednamair, a 9 ft dinghy which, in 1972, saved the Robertson family after their yacht was sunk by killer whales. With just a bag of onions all six members of the family survived by living off the sea for 38 days before being rescued.

We also have Britannia, the very first boat rowed solo, by John Fairfax, across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969. Fairfax completed his challenge on the same day that the first man landed on the moon. Amazingly, the crew of Apollo 11 heard of Fairfax's achievement and sent him a message from space.

Tony Bullimore's agonisingly cold and lonely five days in the southern ocean is also featured. Using a representation of an upturned hull and rare objects from his 96/97 Vendée Globe challenge, which saved him from fatal exposure, you can re-live his incredible story of survival.

The physical strengths behind Dame Ellen MacArthur's and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's solo non-stop round the world records are also highlighted and the advancement in their navigation and communication equipment explored. The exhibit asks "could you navigate your way around the world as Knox-Johnston did or sleep for just a few 30 minute naps a day, for 71 days as Ellen did?" Along with a number of other never before seen, objects, stories and film, this new show, opening on February 11, is an adrenalin adventure and showcases British determination and creativity. Even the most hardened of explorers will admire the feats achieved by these extraordinary people.

--From http://www.nmmc.co.uk/index.php?page=News_Centre&newsid=61

(23 January 2006)



TOM CREAN--ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Aidan Dooley is back in the US to perform his acclaimed depiction of Tom Crean. This production runs from January 25 through February 11, 2006 at the Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.

"In this virtuoso solo performance, Aidan Dooley tells the spine-tingling, heroic tale of Tom Crean, the intrepid, Irish-born Antarctic explorer and the only man to serve with Scott and Shackleton on three famous expeditions--Discovery, Terra Nova, and Endurance. Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer has completed three sell-out tours of Ireland, and won the Best Solo Performance Award at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2003.
"a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing"--Sunday Independent (Dublin)
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours; including 1 intermission."
--From http://www.bostontheatrescene.com
--Thanks to Jim McCarthy
(15 January 2006)



BOOKS ON ICE -- AN EXHIBIT AT THE GROLIER CLUB

New York's Grolier Club is hosting an exhibition entitled Books on Ice: British and American Literature of Polar Exploration. It is curated by and features the collection of David & Deirdre Stam.

The exhibit runs from December 7, 2005 to February 4, 2006. Further information should appear soon at http://www.grolierclub.org/Exhibitions.htm

The Grolier Club is the premiere bibliophilic club of North America, and the show will emphasize several bibliographical aspects of polar exploration, north and south. Highlights will include books which have survived time in the polar regions, including a Franklin relic, a volume from the library of HMS Resolute, Cherry-Garrard's Tennyson, and books from Adolphus Greely's Fort Conger Library.

A number of talks associated with the exhibition will include Sian Flynn of the National Maritime Museum speaking about Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen (December 7); SPRI Dr. Michael Bravo on "Narrating the Poles" (December 19); and David H. Stam on the exhibition itself (January 10, 2006).

Exhibit opening hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Club will be closed Friday December 23 - Tuesday December 27, Saturday December 31, and Monday January 2. Admission is free.
--Thanks to David Wilson for sending on information provided by Michael Bravo, SPRI.
(1 September 2005)

UPDATE: From a press release from the Grolier Club:

Books on Ice: British and American Literature of Polar Exploration

Curated by David & Deirdre Stam

AT THE GROLIER CLUB
December 7, 2005 - February 4, 2006

For daring adventurers in both North and South Polar regions, books seem to have been as essential as pemmican, primus stoves, fuel, and furs. Exploration ships had large libraries, and sledging journeys often included a few books for idle times. They were routinely hauled to the far reaches of cold regions, and were even found with the frozen bodies of those unlucky enough not to return.

On December 7, 2005, the Grolier Club will open to the public a major exhibition of polar materials entitled "Books on Ice: British and American Literature of Polar Exploration." The exhibit will include many of the classics of Anglo-American expedition literature as well as more unusual materials related to the Western perception of the Arctic and Antarctica, ranging from historical materials to the printed ephemera of polar expeditions. The show is curated by Prof. Deirdre C. Stam, Long Island University and Director of the New York Center for the Book, and Dr. David H. Stam, University Librarian Emeritus at Syracuse University.

Books on Ice is organized topically, and includes works by and about many of the major explorers (Frobisher, Mackenzie, Franklin, Kane, Hall, Cook, Peary, Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, and Byrd), as well as on such diverse topics as the Northwest Passage, the Franklin Search, attempts to reach both the North and South Poles, science and society, the anthropology of the North (Rasmussen, Stefansson), literature of the imagination (Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Poe), tourism and commerce, women explorers, and children's literature.

One theme of "Books on Ice" is books and printing produced in the polar regions, or read there by polar explorers. Examples include a prayer book found with the skeletal remains of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated party seeking the Northwest Passage (National Maritime Museum); the copy of Alfred Lord Tennyson's In Memoriam Maud and Other Poems (1906) lent by Apsley Cherry-Garrard to the South Polar party and found by Cherry with the bodies of Robert Falcon Scott and Dr. Edward Wilson in Antarctica in 1912 (University of Rochester); a book of Arctic voyages from the library of HMS Resolute, one of the Franklin Search vessels; books from Adolphus Greely's Fort Conger Library in northern Ellesmere Island (Explorers Club); and the portable American Seamen's Friend Library from Peary's SS Roosevelt (Mystic Seaport). Books, magazines, and posters were also printed in the cold, both ashore and on shipboard presses: most notable is a copy of Aurora Australis, the first book printed in Antarctica (1908) under the supervision of Ernest Shackleton (Dartmouth College Library). There is also a theatrical broadside celebrating a Guy Faux Night Grand Ball aboard HMS Plover and printed aboard that ship at Point Barrow for the November 5 party in 1853 (Duke University Library).

First editions and association copies of explorers' accounts make up the bulk of this bibliographic iceberg, which also includes printed or inscribed ephemera such as commemorative cigarette cards depicting major explorers from the early twentieth century, an Edison cylinder container for Shackleton's description of the 1907 Nimrod expedition, postcards marking Admiral Peary's claim to the North Pole in 1909, Roald Amundson's inscribed binoculars from the South Pole, and a commemorative wall plaque with mounted penguin head from the Lincoln Ellsworth Collection at the American Museum of Natural History.

Items were chosen for significance and interest, and in many cases the battered condition of the works on show will demonstrate the rigors of exploratio n and their effects on printed materials. The exhibition was assembled from the personal collection of the curators, from institutional collections ranging from the American Museum of Natural History to the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and from the collections of other Club members. Talks associated with the exhibition include Sian Flynn of the National Maritime Museum speaking about Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen (Dec. 7); Professor Michael Bravo of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, on "Narrating the Poles" (Dec. 19); and David H. Stam on the exhibition itself (Jan. 10, 2006).

LOCATION AND TIMES: "Books on Ice: British and American Literature of Polar Exploration" will be on public view at the Grolier Club from December 7, 2005, through February 4, 2006, with the exception of December 23-27 (Christmas holiday), and December 31-January 2 (New Year holiday). Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM. Open to the public free of charge. An illustrated catalogue will be available from The Veatchs Arts of the Book, PO Box 328, Northampton, MA 01060; phone: (413) 584-1867; fax: (413) 584-2751; e-mail: veatchs@veatchs.com. Copies may also be purchased at the Grolier Club (47 East 60th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues) in New York City during exhibition hours.

For more information e-mail Megan Smith at the Grolier Club. msmith@grolierclub.org

(4 October 2005)

UPDATE: I went to New York to meet David H. and Deirdre C. Stam, to see the exhibit they curated and to hear David's talk on Tuesday the 10th of January. It's a very nice exhibit and was certainly worth the trip. As David remarked: "The Grolier Club has seldom seen so many books in such questionable condition." The reason: many of the titles (indicated by blue labels) had actually been in the polar regions. Two of the eleven cases were exclusively Antarctic with a few other Antarctic items in the remaining mainly Arctic cases. There were copies of the 'Aurora Australis' and the 'South Polar Times,' a clock from Scott's Discovery (not in the catalogue), John Cleves Symmes 'Symzonia,' the mounted head and feet of an Emperor penguin (!) and the rare Catalogue of the Discovery library.
Among the Antarcticans present in the full-house audience: John Levinson, Margot Morrell and Regina Daly.
--R. Stephenson
(14 January 2006)

Collector, librarian and co-curator of the exhibit, David H. Stam, in front of Case 7.



'ANTARCTIC CONNECTIONS' - PLYMOUTH CITY MUSEUM

'Antarctic Connections' celebrates the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and includes artefacts from Discovery, Aurora and Terra Nova. Until 31 December 2005 at the Plymouth City Museum.
--From Polar Bytes
(24 October 2005)



SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE [Preliminary information. Only Antarctic related talks included.]

Public Lecture Series Michaelmas Term 2005

Saturday 15 October 2005 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Nobu Shirase's Antarctic Expedition, 1910-12
Hilary Shibata

This lecture corresponds with the launch of a new book, the English version of the first Japanese Antarctic expedition (translation coordinated by the speaker). Lieutenant Nobu Shirase reached Antarctica during the 1910-11 and the 1911-12 summers aboard Kainan-maru with a complement of 27. Shirase and Roald Amundsen's expeditions met in the Bay of Whales in January 1912, to mutual astonishment. Still photographs and ciné film were taken which will be shown during the lecture. Previously only two brief accounts of the Expedition were available in English.. The book, originally published in Tokyo in 1913, is another in the series of translations of voyages of the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration.

Saturday 29 October 2005 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Herbert Ponting, Antarctic Camera Artist
Bob Headland

Herbert Ponting was a still and ciné photographer for the first year of Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition (1910-13). Ponting preferred the term 'camera artist'. Early in 2005 his glass negatives from the expedition were acquired by the Scott Polar Research Institute with most of the purchase price being provided by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. The lecture will describe Ponting's photographic techniques as applied in the Antarctic, and demonstrate the results achieved. Lucy Martin, who manages the picture collection, will be present to answer questions on this part of the Institute's activities. At the conclusion of the lecture a Special Exhibition of Ponting's photographs will be opened in the Institute's museum

Saturday 12 November 2005 at 17:00 (doors open at 16:30)
Antarctic Sites Outside the Antarctic: Memorials, Statues, Houses, Graves and the Occasional Pub
Robert Stephenson

The lecturer has spent much time searching for, assiduously investigating, and recording the vast, and diverse, amount of memorials and other sites associated with those who have worked in the south polar regions. This has taken him to all continents and occupied many years of careful investigation (including a large amount of 'detective work'). Some of the sites, of almost 1000 he has listed, are well known, while others may be obscure, bizarre, or whimsical. Some are worth seeing and many worth going to see (he feels Tom Crean's pub, The South Pole Inn, is worth repeated visits), and many intriguing mysteries remain to be solved.

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute will follow the lecture, with a reception for members (applications to join will be accepted until the meeting begins).

Saturday 26 November 2005 at 20: 00 (doors open 19:30)
The Forbidden Plateau, British Army Expedition, 2004
Richard Pattison

The lecturer led a British Army expedition across the long narrow snow-covered plateau extending from Charlotte Bay to Flanders Bay, about 64-5'S on the west coast of the Antarctic Peninsula during the 2004-05 austral summer. The region was identified by the Falkland Islands Aerial Survey Expedition of 1956-57 but has had few subsequent visits (hence the distinctive name). Richard Pattison has previously spoken at the Institute when he described the British Army mountaineering and surveying expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula in 2003.

The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge (telephone 01223 336540). They are free and open to all who are interested. Seats may be reserved, on request, for members of the Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time because most lectures involve use of projectors, which require the theatre lights to be dimmed. For safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the lecture is darkened may not be admitted. The Friends serve light refreshments after the Saturday night lectures.

The next Public Lectures will be on 11 and 25 February, 11 and 25 March, and 27 April 2006.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is sometimes inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Owing to fire brigade regulations (our neighbour, the Department of Chemistry, is regarded. as particularly hazardous) visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. The entrances and escapes, and access for the fire brigade, must not be obstructed. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings.
(22 May 2005)



FRIENDS OF SPRI - AGM

The Friends AGM will be held on Saturday 12 November 2005. [See 'Events' for details]
(2 April 2005)



JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY - AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE

The Society's fall members' evening is to be held on Friday 4 November 2005 beginning at 6 pm in the Great Hall, Dulwich College. The lecture, by Dr Ann Savours Shirley, is entitled Clements Markham--Eminence Grise or Shining Light? It will be followed by dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall. The cost is £30 including wine before and during dinner. For information or reservations contact the Hon Secretary Pippa Hare, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 EN.

Biographical note on Ann Savours (Dr Ann Shirley)

After gaining a History Degree from London University and studying at Burslem School of Art and the Sorbonne, Ann obtained her first post in the University of Aberdeen. This was followed by twelve years on the staff of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. During this time she took a year's sabbatical leave in Australia working on a catalogue of polar and whaling manuscripts. In 1970 she joined the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich as Assistant Keeper (Manuscripts) and became custodian of Manuscripts 1973 - 77. She was responsible for the Arctic Gallery and was the Research and Displays Officer for "Project Discovery". After retiring in 1987, she has remained active in the polar field and received the Murchison award of the Royal Geographical Society in 2002. She has written the following books:
      "The Voyages of the Discovery"
      "The Search for the North-West Passage"
      "Polar Pundit" in collaboration with H.G.R.King (a book of reminiscences about Dr. Brian Roberts)
She edited:
      "The Discovery Diary of Edward Wilson 1901-1904"
      "Scott's Last Voyage"
      and a biographical essay on Sir Clements Markham included in "Encompassing the Great Globe of the Earth" by Bridges and Hair.

(2 April 2005)



SHACKLETON'S EPIC ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE: THROUGH THE EYES OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHER

North Carolina State University CVM
November 3, 2005 South Theatre, 2:15 pm

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
November 3, 2005. Auditorium, 7:00 pm

The NCVMA, NC MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES and BAYER ANIMAL HEALTH are proud to present without charge Mr. Shane Murphy, river guide, author, and expert on the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica, 1914-17. Mr. Murphy will tell the legendary story in a magic lantern show with rare photographs taken during the long ordeal against overwhelming odds.

In October 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 7 (one a stowaway) set out for the Antarctic aboard the Endurance, an "indestructible ship." Finding themselves trapped in the Weddell Sea pack-ice within sight of their intended landfall, from which they had hoped to stage a cross-continential sledge journey, they watched helplessly as, months later, the Endurance was 'ground to powder' by the ice. Cast 'ashore' in the most remote and inhospitable spot on earth, with no means of communication with the outside world, a legendary struggle for survival began. Relive the heroic adventure through the hand-tinted magic antern slides of Frank Hurley.

SHANE MURPHY

Murphy's treatment of Shackleton's Endurance expedition is the most extensive on record. He has lectured as far afield as Tasmania on expedition photographer Frank Hurley, and is the author of four works on Hurley and his photos. Shackleton's Photographer--Photographs and Scenes and Diary of Incidents in Connection with Happenings to the Weddell Sea Party, 12th October, 1914-16th October, 1917 is the standard work in he field. Ancillary documents include List of Images, a comprehensive inquiry into--and index of--Hurley's Endurance photos, and The Endurance Scrapbook, a brief, colorfully illustrated diary-entry synopsis of the story. Murphy was also a major contributor to South With Endurance (Simon & Schuster, 2001), a coffee table-sized (and priced) book.

(22 October 2005)



5th ERNEST SHACKLETON AUTUMN SCHOOL

28-31 October 2005 at the Athy Heritage Centre, Athy, Co. Kildare. Details at http://athyheritagecentre-museum.ie/shackleton/2005/autumnschool1.html

Here are some selective highlights:

Friday 28 October 7pm. Official Opening and Shackleton Memorial Lecture. Brian Keenan, author.

Saturday 29 October. Lectures: 'Legacy of the Frozen Bears--A Personal Commentary on the Books Written by or about Polar Explorers' Joe O'Farrell 10:30am.
'Shackleton's Island, South Georgia in the 21st Century' David Tatham 2:30pm. 'Heroic Age of Polar Exploration--the endeavor, the drama, and the people' Michael Smith 4:00pm.

Sunday 30 October. Lectures. 'Shackleton and the Norwegians' Robert Burton 12:00. 'The Shackleton Forum--a question and answer session with Alexandra Shackleton 4:30pm.' Film: 'Scott of the Antarctic' 2:30pm

Monday 31 October. Field Trip. Guided bus tour of 'Shackleton Country'

Another highlight: The Antarctic Adventurers, three polar re-enactors.

--R. Stephenson
(20 September 2005)



OUR POLAR PAST AND PRESENT: HISTORY AND SCIENCE MOVING FORWARD FROM THE 20TH CENTURY

A conference to be held October 26-28, 2005 at the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The program can be downloaded as a PDF document from http://library.osu.edu/sites/archives/polar/index.htm

Here are some excerpts:

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Wednesday Afternoon, 26 October 2005

4:00-6:00 PM Icebreaker Reception and Registration at the Holiday Inn on the Lane (328 W. Lane Ave.)

7: 30 PM Special Lecture in Hughes Hall on OSU's main campus (1899 College Rd.) Barry Lopez--The Artist at Work in the Wilderness.

Thursday Morning, 27 October 2005, 240 Scott Hall

8:00-9:15 AM Pick up participants at the Holiday Inn on the Lane and bring them to Scott Hall on West Campus, and Registration at Scott Hall

9:15-9:30 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:10 AM David H. Elliot--The Early Days of the Institute of Polar Studies

10:15-10:55 AM Jason Box--A Decade of Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Balance Studies with the PARCA Program

10:55-11:15 AM Break

11:15-11:55 AM Lisle Rose--Byrd Antarctic Expedition II and the End of Heroic Exploration

11:55AM- 1:30 PM Lunch

Thursday Afternoon, 27 October 2005, 240 Scott Hall and OSU's Main Campus

1:30-2:10 PM Ken Jezek--The Future of Glacial Science on Earth and the Outer Planets

2:15-3:30 PM Byrd Center Open House and Tours

3:30-4:15 PM Bus service to Knowlton Hall on OSU's main campus (275 West Woodruff Ave.)

4:30-5:30 PM Special Lecture in Knowlton Hall. Ed Osborn--Farthest White: the Aesthetics of Polar Representation

5:30-7:30 PM Passions and Visions: Antarctica--an exhibit at OSU Hopkins Gallery & Corridor in Hopkins Hall (128 North Oval Mall)

7:30-8:15 PM Bus service back to the Holiday Inn on the Lane

Friday, 28 October 2005, 240 Scott Hall

8:30-9:30 AM Pick up participants at the Holiday Inn on the Lane and bring them to Scott Hall on West Campus

9:45-9:55 AM Opening Remarks

9:55-10:35 AM Sheldon Bart--Admiral Byrd at Advance Base: What Really Happened and Why It Matters

10:40-11:20 AM Peter-Noel Webb--The International Geophysical Year (1957- 58): Its Legacy for Antarctic Science in the Latter 20th Century

11:30 AM-1:00 PM Lunch

1:00-2:00 PM Book Signing Event

2:00-2:45 PM Laura Kissel and Lynn Lay--Celebrating 45 Years: The Byrd Center and Its History in Slides

2:45-3:30 PM Break

3:30-3:45 PM Presentation of the Goldthwait Polar Medal to Terence J. Hughes by W. Berry Lyons

3:45-4:45 PM The Goldthwait Polar Lecture by Terence J. Hughes--Oceans Head for Land When an Ice Sheet Becomes an Ice Shelf

4:45-5:15 PM Concluding Remarks by Raimund Goerler

5:15-6:00 PM Bus service back to the Holiday Inn on the Lane

6:30-7:00 PM Reception at the Holiday Inn

7:00-8:00 PM Banquet at the Holiday Inn

8:15-9:15 PM After-Dinner Presentation by Mary Albert--Opportunities of the International Polar Year 2007-08

The registration fee is $140. Rooms at the Holiday Inn are priced at $89.

For more information, contact

Lynn Everett--everett.2@ osu.edu
Telephone: 614 292-9909 Fax: 614 292-4697

Laura Kissel--kissel.4@ osu.edu
Telephone: 614 688- 8173

Lynn Lay--lay.1@ osu.edu
Telephone: 614 292-6715

(20 September 2005)

UPDATE: Byrd Polar holds these colloquies every two years, sometimes in conjunction with the American Polar Society. Attendance wasn't great this time, somewhere in the 40s. Talks ranged from good to not-so-good. An excellent show of the art of David Abbey Paige who was an artist on the second Byrd Antarctic Expedition was held at the Hopkins Hall Gallery. Additional material from the BPRC archives was on display as well.
--R. Stephenson
(30 October 2005)



THE ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON'S LEGENDARY ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION

"This fascinating exhibition, from the American Museum of Natural History, documents one of the greatest tales of survival in expedition history, the dramatic, near-fatal expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914. When the ship Endurance became trapped in pack ice on the Weddell Sea and was eventually crushed, the crew was stranded on the ice and on desolate Elephant Island for 18 months. Tom Crean, the Kerry-born Antarctic explorer, was one of the crew selected by Shackleton to sail to the whaling stations of South Georgia in a bid to mount a rescue. What followed was a miracle of navigation and seamanship and is widely regarded as one of the greatest boat journeys and rescues ever accomplished.

The exhibition features the photography of Frank Hurley who accompanied Shackleton and is a unique opportunity that should not be missed!

Location: The Riding School, National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History. Collins Barracks. Dublin, Ireland."

--From the Museum of Ireland's website: www.museum.ie
--Thanks to Rachel Morgan.
(24 July 2005)

The exhibit opened on July 23rd 2005.

UPDATE: "The exhibition runs until mid-October [2005] at the Riding School, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. There is a replica of the James Caird as the centrepiece of the exhibition complete with large curved screens displaying a very rough seascape providing a very vivid effect of what the rescue mission must have been like."
--Thanks to Eileen Mahon, National Museum of Ireland.
(25 July 2005)

UPDATE: "I have just come back from the Dublin launch of the Shackleton Exhibition, whch also contains a fair amount of material on Tom Crean. For your information, there will also be a series of lectures at the Musuem... Lectures take place at 6.30 pm and admission is free.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 Jonathan Shackleton: Sir Ernest Shackleton's Other Expedition (Nimrod).
Tuesday September 27, 2005 Frank Nugent: The Irishmen who accompanied Scott and Shackleton to the Antarctic (Alexandra Shackleton will be present and participate in the discussion following the talk).
Tuesday October 4, 2005 Dr David Murphy: The life and legacy of Sir Leopold McClintock.
Tuesday October 11, 2005 Joe O'Farrell: The Ross Sea Party.
Tuesday October 18, 2005 Aidan Dooley: Tom Crean - One man play.
Tuesday October 25, 2005 Michael Smith: Tom Crean - Ireland's unsung hero of Polar exploration."
--From an e-mail from Michael Smith.
(27 July 2005)



ANTARCTIC ENCOUNTER

From the New York Times website:

An Antarctic Encounter Coming to Wollman Rink

By CAROL VOGEL
Published: September 16, 2005

The 2006 Whitney Biennial will not include sculptures in Central Park, as the exhibition has in the past. Instead, the Whitney and the Public Art Fund, the nonprofit organization that has teamed up with the museum for the last three Biennials, have decided to stage a performance in Central Park this fall that will become a 20-minute film.

At dusk on Oct. 20, Pierre Huyghe, the French film and installation artist, will temporarily create a glacial landscape at the Wollman skating rink in Central Park that will become the setting for part of "A Journey That Wasn't," a musical film based on the artist's trip to Antarctica in February.

The journey began when Mr. Huyghe set sail from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, the southeast tip of Argentina, in search of an uncharted land mass that he had heard existed, along with a number of others recently separated from mainland Antarctica. The film centers on the artist's quest and his encounter with a solitary albino penguin.

The center of Wollman Rink will be transformed into an island, and there will be a live orchestral performance of a score by the composer Joshua Cody, based on sound data derived from Antarctica's topography. The image of an albino penguin will appear on the ice, and there will be special lighting effects throughout the performance.

"A Journey That Wasn't" is actually in three parts: the film from the artist's actual journey, the Central Park performance about these seafaring adventures and the final film incorporating both. The show in Central Park will last about 30 minutes and will be presented twice in succession. Admission is free.

"Having sculpture in the park was becoming predictable," said Tom Eccles, the former director of the Public Art Fund who is the curator of the project in collaboration with the Biennial's curators, Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne. "We wanted to do something different. This is a film where reality and fiction become blurred."

The Central Park portion of the project has become a giant undertaking, involving 40 musicians, literally tons of ice and a crew of special-effects technicians and lighting experts, Mr. Eccles said.

He hopes that the weather will have turned significantly by Oct. 20. Although it might have been easier to create Antarctica during the winter, the filming couldn't have been scheduled later in the season, because Mr. Huyghe needs time to edit the movie for the opening of the Biennial on March 2.

What if it's warm and rainy? "As with so many of these projects, we're in the hands of the gods when it comes to weather, " said Mr. Eccles, adding that no rain date is scheduled. "Nothing is ever predictable."

(20 September 2005)



UK ANTARCTIC HERITAGE TRUST EVENT

Monday 10 October 2005, 6-8 pm. at the Locarno Rooms, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1. The Guest of Honour will be the Patron of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal.
Entry to the event will only be by ticket, which must be applied for. Numbers are strictly limited, so each applicant will be limited to 2 tickets. There is no charge, but you are invited to contribute to our costs by making a donation (guide £25 oer ticket)... If you would like to attend, please reply as seeon as possible, and no later than 7 September... Contact Rachel Morgan, UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, Kingcoed Farm, Usk NP15 1DS. Tel: 01291 690305.
--From a recent UKAHT mailing.
(13 August 2005)

First Hand Report from Jonathan Shackleton: "The "Grand" Reception in the Locarno Suite of the Foreign Commonwealth Office which Daphne and I attended on 10th October was a lot of fun. We arrived at the same time as Wendy Driver, Mary Royds and Cathy Cooper--great to see them all again. Many other friendly/familiar faces--Bob Burton and his wife, Broke Evans (I think he is President of the Tom Crean Society now), John Killingbeck ex BAS and his wife Jackie (she does very good one woman shows about Kathleen Scott etc.), a George Buckley from NZ whose great Uncle Buckley travelled with Shackleton on the Quest before returning on the Koonya, Tom Wilson, another nice great nephew of Ted, Charles Swithinbank in the distance, Zaz and her son Patrick Bergel who is planning a Shackleton Centenary Expedition in 2008 to the South Pole, with amongst others a Worsley (apparently no relation to FW). They had just been told that Princess Anne had agreed to be their Patron. Their website is: www.ShackletonCentenary.org--but it pretty blank and white at the moment. Daphne talked to Lord Kennet but otherwise no obvious Scott representatives. Princess Anne, Patron of the UKAHT, gave an excellent speech and there were reps of the NZAHT who have done so much to stop the huts from being blown away and far more. The Natural History Museum in London has entered into an arrangement in which I think it is planned to provide virtual reality access to the huts at some stage. Lots of drink, food and an impressive ice statute of a bird the size of an Emperor penguin!"
(25 October 2005)



BREAKING ICE: AN EXHIBIT AT WELLINGTON'S ADAM ART GALLERY

An exhibit running from 30 July to 2 October 2005 at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University of Wellington, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Wellington, New Zealand. Opening times: Tuesdays - Sundays, 11am - 5pm (closed Mondays and public holidays). Contact: Emily Cormack (emily.cormack@vuw.ac.nz)

"An untamed wilderness, an untouched canvas, a blank page.

Over the past century Antarctica has been a fertile source of inspiration for explorers, scientists, writers and artists who have endeavoured to define and describe this vast white continent. From the earliest seafaring narratives, to the photographic accounts of heroism and horror, to hallucinatory visions of fairy-tale castles and sci-fi worlds, Antarctica is a place where only the most courageous or foolhardy have ventured, and where the imagination is free to roam.

Breaking Ice: Re-Visioning Antarctica explores these ideas, highlighting the ways in which this southern land has been perceived and imagined, historically and culturally. The exhibition also investigates what it is that makes this frozen wilderness so alluring and explores how it has become so embedded in the popular imagination. Drawing on ideas of 'heroism' and nation building in Antarctica, this exhibition investigates the extent to which the media's emphasis on 'the story' of Antarctica has contributed to a somewhat idealised view of the vast white terrain.

Featuring a diverse range of works by eight contemporary artists from New Zealand and Australia, Breaking Ice reveals how artists are visually translating their experiences, perceptions and fantasies of Antarctica in distinctive and critical ways. Many of the works in this exhibition playfully critique the processes of Antarctica's visual representation, revealing the ways that it has been exoticised and mythologised within visual art and museum displays.

Historically, Antarctica has captivated artists who have been compelled to represent its unfamiliar vistas. Whilst half of the artists in Breaking Ice have ventured south, others have been inspired by their own fanciful imaginings of Antarctica. As a result many of the works draw on archival material, popular imagery and the artists' own perceptions of this great white continent. In Breaking Ice, fact and fiction, reality and illusion collide.

Breaking Ice, curated by Sophie McIntyre, includes work by Stella Brennan (NZ); Phil Dadson (NZ); Fiona Davies (AUS); Stephen Eastaugh (AUS); Peter Fitzpatrick (AUS); Anne Noble (NZ); Stuart Shepherd (NZ); and David Stephenson (AUS)."
--From the Adam Art Gallery website http://www.vuw.ac.nz/adamartgal/

(13 August 2005)



TOM CREAN ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

Saturday 1 October 2005 at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. The famous one-man show comes to Scott Polar. Actor Aidan Dooley recreates the heroic tale of Tom Crean, the intrepid Irishman who served with Scott and Shackleton on three of their most famous expeditions. 7.30 pm Tickets: (£15) (including interval reception) in aid of the William Mills SPRI Library Acquisitions Appeal.
--From an email from David Wilson
(30 March 2005)

Information and tickets may be obtained from Ann Bean, The Secretary, Friends of SPRI, 88 Merton Avenue, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 9BL. Tel: 01895 271141. E-mail: friendsofspri@aol.com.
(30 July 2005)



'TOM CREAN--ANTARCTIC EXPLORER'
'Antarctic Explorer' returns to Northern Stage

September 9, 2005

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - Northern Stage, the region's professional theater company, in association with Fairbank Productions and Play On Words Theatre, will present the return engagement of "Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer." This award-winning one-man show, performed by acclaimed Irish actor Aidan Dooley, wowed sold-out Northern Stage audiences in May and recently sold out a two-week run at the prestigious Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork, Ireland.

Blending edge-of-your-seat adventure with great humor, in the tradition of Irish storytelling, Dooley tells the remarkable story of seaman Tom Crean, veteran of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated "Endurance" expedition and a wild Antarctic adventure to save the lives of his stranded crewmates.

"The intriguing life of Tom Crean is written brilliantly through the imagination of Aidan Dooley," said U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, who was instrumental in helping to bring Dooley to Vermont. "The Northern Stage community will be captivated with this inspirational story. With 'Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer,' Northern Stage continues its tradition of bringing new and creative performances to Vermont's largest year-round theater company." "Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer" stars Dooley, who also wrote the play and has toured to sold-out houses throughout Ireland. Northern Stage continues its exclusive arrangement with Dooley, who has performed the show in only two places in the United States: at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2003, where he won the Best Solo Show award, and at Northern Stage. Crean is the only man in history to survive and thrive in the Antarctic, serving with great joy on three major Antarctic expeditions: "Discovery" (1901-1904), "Terra Nova" (1910-1913) and "Endurance "(1914-1916).

Crean was born in County Kerry, Ireland, on July 20 1877, exactly 32 years before that other famous explorer, Edmund Hillary. A physically tough and agile youth, he ran away at age 15 to join the Navy. He soon gained a reputation for reliability on hazardous missions.

By virtue of his amazing toughness, Crean ended up being on three of the four major Antarctic expeditions. For the "Terra Nova" expedition, Capt. Robert Scott wanted only people that he could trust--Bill Lashly, Edgar Evans and Crean. With Evans taken down with scurvy, Crean single-handedly walked 35 miles in 18 hours in a blizzard to rescue the rest of the expedition from Hut Point. In the "Endurance" voyage, Crean escaped their sinking ship to Elephant Island in a small lifeboat. He survived for months trapped on the ice floes after the ship was crushed and journeyed with Shackleton and four others in a 21-foot lifeboat, across the South Atlantic (800 miles).

They scaled the uncharted glaciers of South Georgia to reach help for their stricken colleagues left behind. His efforts led him to be awarded the "Albert Medal" for bravery.

Crean also fought in the First World War, and retired from the Navy in 1920 after 27 years of service. However, a year later, not even a personal request from Shackleton could persuade him to join the "Quest." Instead, Crean returned to Ireland and opened a pub, "The South Pole," with his wife Ellen. The pub still remains. A private man, Crean never publicly spoke of his exploring, and never gave a single interview.

"Tom Crean--Antarctic Explorer" will be performed Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 14-25, at the Briggs Opera House. Showtimes are 7:30 Wednesday-Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday, with a special one-hour youth version on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price $16-$41, with a discount for seniors and children. For tickets and information, call (802) 296-7000, or e-mail: boxoffice@northernstage.org.

The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

(9 September 2005)

UPDATE: From an e-mail from Charlie Shackleton who should know: "I promised quite a few people who couldn't make it to see 'Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer' in the spring that I would let them know when Aidan Dooley comes back. He IS back (by very popular demand). September 14th(tomorrow) through the 25th. I went three times last time and it is one of the best presentations I have seen to give you a real feel of what it was like to be one of the earlier Antarctic explorers. Tom Crean was one of Shackleton's key men and it gives tremendous perspective to the story. Aidan Dooley is from Dublin, Ireland and is a wonderful and humorous actor. My kids loved it and they are usually Antarctic and monologue averse."
(13 September 2005)



RACE FOR THE SOUTH POLE 1909-1912; AN EXHIBITION

A multi-media exhibition tracing Scott and Amundsen's race to the South Pole. At the Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh from 2 May to 1 July 2005. Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday 10am - 5pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm. Admission free.
As part of a celebration of 100 years of Norwegian independence from Sweden. The anniversary programme includes "concerts, exhibitions, film, sporting links, traditional music, festivals and much more."
For more see the City of Edinburgh Council website at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/norway2005
or the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Edinburgh at www.norway.org.uk/edinburgh which gives somewhat different dates.
--From an email from Paul Youngs.
(30 March 2005)



WITH SCOTT TO THE POLE. PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION AT THE RGS

At the Royal Geographical Society, 16 May - 29 June 2005. 10-5 Monday-Friday. Free entry. info@rgs.org. www.rgs.org
With Scott to the Pole displays 30 photographs of Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica 1910-1913. It reveals the beauty of the Antarctic icescape, captures everyday moments from baking bread to a visit to the expedition barber, alongside the final fateful push to the pole.
(22 May 2005)

The Society has selected these images from photographic albums previously given to the Society by Captain Lawrence Oates' family. The photographs were initially presented to Oates' family, following his death on the return journey from the Pole.

These historic images were mostly taken by the photographer Herbert Ponting who was the 'camera-artist' on the expedition, and this display celebrates the Society's first ever exhibition using these images.

Thirty large scale format photographs will be used to illustrate this expedition and will reveal:
- The majesty and beauty of the Antarctic icescape
- The expedition's preparations--from Scott's men working with the dogs and ponies to laying the vital food depots
- The men's scientific work which documented Antarctica's unique wildlife and environment
- The everyday moments--from the celebration of Scott's birthday to the expedition barber
- The final push to the pole, with the men dragging 200 pounds each over 80 days
- The images will capture the disappointment etched on the faces of Scott's men as they discovered that the Norwegian explorer Amundsen had arrived days before them

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the Society's new Picture Library website, this week. This resource means that you can now view thousands of images from our collections online--from classic images of exploration in Antarctica and Everest to modern travel photography. http://images.rgs.org
--From the Society's website.
(22 May 2005)



FRIENDS OF SPRI - SUMMER LUNCH

Saturday 4 June 2005 at SPRI, Cambridge.

"We will also hold the Polar Book Den during the lunch, so please save your unwanted Polar Books to sell to other members in support of the Friends.
Following the lunch, at 7.30 p.m. on 4 June there will be a Polar Concert, with Lieut. Doorly's grandson, the New Zealand baritone, Roger Wilson, providing a rare chance to hear a live performance of the famous 'Songs of the Morning', composed by his grandfather during the relief expedition for Captain Scott's Discovery. This will be in aid of the Mills Fund. If there are any useful male voices who wish to volunteer to sing in the chorus of 'Morning Glories' then please contact the chairman. Details of the venue etc. will follow in the next newsletter."
--From 'Polar Bytes' No 34, January 2005.

"A live concert of the famous songs and poetry from the S.Y Morning, the relief ship to Captain Scott's 1901-1904 "Discovery" expedition. Sung by Roger Wilson, grandson of Lieut. Doorly and one of New Zealand's best loved baritones. With Gillian Bibby (piano), Ian Granville Bell (narrator) & the "Morning Glories". 7.30 p.m. The United Emmanuel Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RR. £7.50 (including a glass of wine) - £5 for 'Lunching' Friends in aid of the William Mills SPRI Library Acquisitions Appeal."
--From an e-mail from David Wilson.

UPDATE: 12 Noon - Sherry Reception and Polar Book Den (second hand polar books).
12:45 Lunch (£20)
2:30 Speaker: Dr Florian Stammler (The Inhabited Arctic: Human Livelihoods and Anthropological Research)
4:00 Tea. New Members Library Tour
7:30 Songs of the Morning Concert
For ticket information, contacct Ann Bean, The Secretary, Friends of SPRI, 88 Merton Avenue, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 9BL. Tel: 01895-271-141. Email: friendsofspri@aol.com
--From a Friends mailing.
(22 May 2005)



JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY - MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE

The Society's spring meeting is to be held on Friday evening 13 May 2005.
(2 April 2004)



WILLIAM HODGES EXHIBIT

27 January-24 April 2005. An "exhibition celebrating the entire career of William Hodges, the artist who accompanied Captain Cook. The exhibition brings together over 50 oil paintings and more than 20 works on paper, many of which have never been on public display before." Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. The exhibition was first at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
--From Bergy Bits, No. 19
NOTE: The exhibition continues at the National Maritime Museum until 21 November 2004.
(24 October 2004)

UPDATE: The Yale Center for British Art is located at 1080 Chapel Street in New Haven. Tel: 203-432-2800. The hours are Tues-Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5. Admission is free. Web: http://ycba.yale.edu (which gives the schedule of tours, lectures and film showings associated with the exhibition).

William Hodges, 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration

The Yale Center for British Art is the only U.S. venue for this first-ever retrospective of works by eighteenth-century landscape painter William Hodges, whose career as an artist took him to Polynesia, Antarctica, New Zealand, and the South Pacific with renowned explorer Captain James Cook. He was also the first professional British painter to travel to India, under the patronage of the East India Company. Many of the works in the exhibition have not been on view since Hodges's lifetime. This is also the first time that his Cook expedition and Indian works have been shown together. Hodges played a central role in disseminating visual knowledge of distant lands and cultures during the greatest era of European geographical exploration. According to Sir David Attenborough, "This exhibition will demonstrate that William Hodges has, until now, been the most unjustly neglected British painter of the 18th century."

The exhibition features 56 oil paintings by Hodges from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, the Yale Center for British Art, and private and international lenders from the United States and Australia. In addition, there will be works from the Centers collection of rare books and manuscripts, and prints and drawings.

--From the Center's website.

William Hodges 1744-1797: The Art of Exploration, by Geoff Quilley, et al, [Yale University Press, 2004. 212 pages, ISBN 0948065583] has been issued in conjunction with the exhibition.



SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE [Only Antarctic related talks included.]

Public Lecture Series Lent Term 2005

Saturday 12 February 2005 at 20:00 (doors open at 19:30)

The voyage of Français, Jean-Etienne Baptiste Charcot, (1903-05) Tony Billinghurst

This lecture corresponds with the launch of a new book, the first English version of the French account of Charcot's first Antarctic expedition (translated by the speaker). Originally Charcot was prepared to sail to Greenland but responded to the news of the disappearance of Antarctic and Otto Nordenskjöld's Swedish Antarctic expedition. Français reached Buenos Aires, December 1903, in time for Charcot to receive the good news that expedition had been rescued. Regardless, and with a vessel fully equipped for an Antarctic expedition, he continued and wintered at Booth Island. The complement of 20 established huts ashore, made extensive surveys of the western coast of parts of the Antarctic Peninsula, and undertook a comprehensive scientific programme. Surveys and exploration were also made from the vessel and the results encouraged Charcot to return in 1908 aboard Pourquoi Pas? (an English account of which has been published).

Wedneday 20 April 2005 at 19:30 (doors open at 19:00)

An Evening with Peter Hillary

The speaker, son of Sir Edmund Hillary, has climbed Mt Everest twice, survived K2, skied along a new traverse to the South Pole, climbed Vinson Massif the highest peak in Antarctica (4897 m), and landed at the North Pole. The event is described as 'a collection of ripping yarns from a member of one of the world's most famous families of high adventure'. Following the lecture there will be a reception in the Institute to allow the opportunity of meeting the speaker. It is a ticketed event the proceeds of which will be donated to the William Mills Library Acquisition Fund of the Institute. Tickets (including the reception) are £25 each and should be purchased in advance from the The Friends Secretary addressed at the Institute.
The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge (telephone 01223 336540). They are open to all who are interested. Seats may be reserved, on request, for members of the Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time because most lectures involve use of projectors, which require the theatre lights to be dimmed. For safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the lecture has begun may not be admitted. The Friends of the Institute usually serve light refreshments after the Saturday night lectures.
(29 January 2005)



FRIENDS OF SPRI

Wednesday 20 April 2005 at SPRI, Cambridge. Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund, will be the speaker. [See above for more information.] Tickets (£25) may be obtained from Mrs Ann Bean, The Secretary, Friends of SPRI, 88 Merton Avenue, Hillingdon, Middlesex UB10 9BL. Tel: 01895-271-141. Email: friendsofspri@aol.com



SHACKLETON: THE HIDDEN COLLECTIONS

An exhibition currently at Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge.

The focus of the exhibition is the life and expeditions of the Antarctic explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. The majority of artefacts, documents and photographs displayed were, until recently, held privately. Previously hidden from public view, they are exhibited here for the first time.

The exhibition is a rare chance to see Shackleton's Antarctic sledging diaries from the Discovery, Nimrod, Endurance and Quest expeditions. Original letters and charts are on display as well as the beautiful red and gold sledging flag, flown at the farthest south, during the Discovery and Nimrod expeditions.

The Scott Polar Research Institute is the natural home for both Scott and Shackleton collections. Shackleton himself considered the Institute to be the appropriate repository and due to the generosity of the Shackleton family, the majority of Ernest Shackleton's personal collections are now held at the Scott Polar Research Institute. We are delighted to exhibit a selection of these as part of the Hidden Collections exhibition.

- Museum and shop open: Tuesday - Saturday 2.30 - 4.00
- Exhibition open: May - November 2004
- Admission: Free

--From the SPRI website.

UPDATE: Extended through 2004.

UPDATE: I was at SPRI on 15 November and noted the following among the items on display, in no particular order:

- Ship models of the Endurance and Discovery.
- A bowie knife belonging to Dr Macklin.
- Shackleton's logbooks from the Emma and the Yelcho.
- Wordie's boots.
- Shackleton's snow googles.
- Shackleton's handwritten "instructions for Ocean Camp."
- Telegram from Queen Alexandra to Emily Shackleton on news of Shackleton's safety, July 1916.
- Shackleton's Discovery, Nimrod, Endurance and Quest diaries.
- Brass button from Scott's uniform.
- Wilson's pocket mirror from Discovery.
- A sledge harness.
- A Scandinavian string vest worn by Shackleton.
- Pony snowshoes.
- Bag of sennegrass.
- Ship's log from the Nimrod.
- Deck log from the Quest.
- Painted plaster bust of Shackleton by J. A. Stevenson (bronze version at the Canterbury Museum).
- Shackleton's sledge flag.
- Chelsea ship's clock from Shackleton's cabin on the Quest. Engraved: "To the Boss from the Boys."
- Marston watercolor of glacier on Elephant Island.
--R. Stephenson
(23 November 2004)



DUE SOUTH: ART AND THE ANTARCTIC

22 January-5 March 2005. An exhibition of Antarctic work by John Kelly (of the BAS artists and writers programme) and Edward Wilson (of Captain Scott's two expeditions) at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.
--From Polar Bytes, No. 33
(29 September 2004)



MOLLY SHERIDAN'S SOUTH GEORGIA PAINTINGS

An exhibition of Molly Sheridan's South Georgia Paintings will open at Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, on Thursday 21st October 2004 for approximately four months. The paintings are for sale by the Artist after the conclusion of the Exhibition.

--From the SPRI website.



HAKLUYT SOCIETY LECTURE

Robert Headland, Archivist of the Scott Polar Research Institute, will speak on Non-Existent Islands of the Antarctic on Maps, Ancient and Modern in the 'Maps and Society' seminar series on Thursday, 10 February 2005, at 5 pm at the Warburg Insitutute, University of London, Woburn Square, London. A wine reception will follow the lecture.
(23 December 2004)



EDWARD WILSON'S NATURE NOTEBOOKS

From 15 November 2004 for several weeks. A small selection of original images from Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks will be displayed at the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum to coincide with the launch of the book of the same name by David and Christopher WIlson.
--From Polar Bytes, No. 33
(29 September 2004)



DISCOVERY CENTENARY WEEKEND

To be held by the Tom Crean Society on 10-12 December 2004. For information e-mail southpoleinn@hotmail.com
--From Polar Bytes, No. 33
(29 September 2004)



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