PAST ANTARCTIC EVENTS - 2007 and 2008.

Included here are notices of lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest that appeared in 2007 and 2008 in 'Antarctic Events' but are now history.

Last updated: 1 October 2009.

INDEX OF EVENTS (Most recent first):

Face to Face: Polar Portraits (11 December 2008. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Discovery Dinner (28 November 2008. Dundee, Scotland).
Medical Care and Challenges in British Antarctica, Past & Present (22 November 2008. SPRI, Cambridge).
Antarctic Exploration Showcase (Varous dates. Royal Geographical Society, London).
AGM, Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (8 November 2008. SPRI, Cambridge).
James Caird Society. AGM and Members' Evening (7 November 2008. Dulwich College, London).
4th National Old Antarctic Explorers Association Reunion (5-9 November 2008. Pensacola Beach, Florida).
8th Annual Shackleton Autumn School (24-27 October 2008. Athy, Ireland).
Friends of SPRI–Summer Lunch (7 June 2008. Cambridge, UK).
Two Gatherings in Celebration of R.F. Scott's 140th Birthday (6 June 2008. Plymouth, UK).
Wondrous Cold; An Exhibition of Joan Myers' photographs (25 March-1 June 2008. Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts, USA).
The Last South Pursuit of the Pole (20-24 May 2008. Drum Theatre, Plymouth, UK).
James Caird Society. Members' Evening (9 May 2008. Dulwich College, London).
Spring Meeting OAEA Chapter (19 April 2008. Pelly's 19th Hole, 615 Callahan Road, North Kingston, Rhode Island., USA).
New Zealand On Ice (4 May 2007-30 March 2008. Various venues in New Zealand).
First Across: Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (17 January-29 March 2008. Exhibition at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
Ships & Snow Goggles: Polar History Inspires Paintings and Sketches by Vincent Alexander Booth (12 January-15 March 2008. Exhibition at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
Michael Smith talk at the Devon & Cornwall Polar Group (19 March 2008. New Country Inn, Ivybridge, UK).
SPRI Lectures - Lent Term (9, 23 February and 8, 29 March 2008. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
With Scott to the Pole—An Exhibition (8 January-29 February 2008. Royal Geographcal Society, UK).
Voyages to America, Antarctica and Africa 1775-1874 (25 January 2008. University of Exeter, UK). A Hakluyt Society book launch.
Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from 'The Polar World' by Sir Wally Herbert (25 October-December 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute, AGM and talk by Tony Soper (10 November 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
7th Annual Shackleton Autumn School (26-29 October 2007. Athy, Ireland).
James Caird Society. AGM and Members' Evening (2 November 2007. Dulwich College, London).
50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (24 October 2007. Royal Geographical Society, London).
Sir Clements Markham (1830-1916): Shining Light or Eminence Grise (18 October 2007. A talk by Ann Savours Shirley, Royal Geographical Society, London).
SPRI Lectures - Michaelmas Term (13 & 27 October and 10 & 24 November 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
50 Years of New Zealand in Antarctica 1957-2007 (28-30 September 2007. Christchurch, NZ).
'Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer' (Aidan Dooley) (17 July-9 September 2007. Irish Repertory Theatre, New York City).
Gathering to celebrate the Nimrod's departure from Tourquay (6 August 2007. Torbay Hotel, Torquay, Devon).
Antarctica: 50 Years on The Ice—Just The Tip of The Iceberg (2-6 July 2007. Duxton Hotel, Wellington, NZ).
Freeze Frame: Burning Issues (2-30 June 2007. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich).
Exposition Survivants des Glaces; avec Shackleton vers Le Pôle Sud 1914-1917 (9 December 2006 - 24 June 2007. Centre International de la Mer—Corderie Royale, Rochefort, France).
With Scott to the Pole (5 May - 23 June 2007. Willis Museum, Basingstoke, UK).
Edward Seago's Antarctic Paintings (27 May - 15 June 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge).
Captain Scott Society—Members' Annual Dinner (12 June 2007. Royal Hotel, Cardiff, Wales.
Antarctic Experience: Life at 75 Degrees South. A Talk by Dr Frank Swinton (5 June 2007. Winchester College, Winchester, Hampshire).
Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute. Summer Lunch (2 June 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK).
Antarctica: The Big Ice (16 December 2006 - May 2007. Otago Museum, Dunedin, NZ).
James Caird Society—Members' Evening and Lecture (11 May 2007. Dulwich College, London).
Terra Nova (20 - 28 April 2007. Port City Playhouse, Alexandria, Virginia).
'With Scott to the Pole' (27 January - 28 April 2007. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon, UK).
American Polar Society Symposium (25 - 27 April 2007. Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio).
Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers (27 January - 22 April 2007. Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts).
Scott's Final Letters Home (17 January - 14 April 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge).
Craig Potton: Floating on Ice (15 December 2006 - 9 April 2007. Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ).
Conserving Antarctica's Heroic Age of Exploration (27 March 2007. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, UK).
Antarctic Witness (16 February - 24 March 2007. Lime Tree Studios, Fort William, Scotland).
SPRI Lectures - Lent Term (10 February - 24 March 2007. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge).
Cliff Wassmann Paintings in New York (1-5 March 2007. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York).
Grand Nimrod Ball (16 February 2007. Dulwich College, London).
The Lost Men. Kelly Tyler-Lewis (10 February 2007. Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge).
International Polar Year and Climate Change. James J. McCarthy (6 February 2007. Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge).
Tom Crean—Antarctic Explorer (8-13 January 2007. Olympia Theatre, Dublin).


11 December 2008, Royal Geographical Society, London.

A program with Stanfords focusing on the new book by Huw Lewis-Jones. Details to be forthcoming.
(8 November 2008)


28 November 2008, Hilton Hotel, Dundee, Scotland.

Come along to the Discovery Dinner where there will be good food, good entertainment and a great atmosphere.
With special guest speaker Tom Avery, who is one of the UK's foremost explorers. A pioneering mountaineer and skiier, Tom is the youngest Briton to have been to both the North and the South Poles.
At 33, Tom is shaping up to join the ranks of such British immortals as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Dame Ellen MacArthur.
Ticket prices: £50 per person.
For further information contact Val King or telephone 01382 309060
(8 November 2008)

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

Friends Public Lecture Series Michaelmas Term 2008
Saturday 22 November 2008 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30) Attendance is free and open to all.
Medical Care and Challenges in British Antarctica, Past & Present
Dennis Wilkins—Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Derriford Hspital, Plymouth.
Plymouth Hospital was chosen by BAS in the 1990's to run their Medical Unit (known as BASMU). Denis has a long and distinguished career in medicine during which he also served as Medical Officer and Physiologist at the BAS station, Halley Bay, in Antarctica. Denis draws the strong contrasts between medical resources past and present.
(8 November 2008)


Foyle Reading Room, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, UK.
Tuesdays: 18, 25 November and 2 December, 2008.
Thursdays: 23, 20 October, 6 November 2008.
Events start at 2:30pm and last for approximately 2 hours.
Tickets: free to members; non-members £5
To book: 020 7591 3044

"Missed out last autumn? Another chance to discover the ruthless caricatures in Scott's personal copy of the 'South Polar Times' or find out why Shackleton abandoned his cherished Bible to the polar snows."
(8 November 2008)


The AGM of the Friends is scheduled for Saturday, 8 November 2008 at Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UK.
(25 November 2007)


AGM, followed by talk by Charles Swithinbank ("50 years on ice—the changing scene") followed by dinner. Friday, 7 November 2008. Dulwich College, London.


5-9 November 2008, Pensacola Beach, Florida. For more information go to
(6 October 2008)


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

Information is now up at the Athy Heritage Centre website including a downloadable brochure. Note: There are minor differences between the preliminary program below and this the final version.

This always interesting and enjoyable gathering is scheduled for 24-27 October 2008 at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

For further information: Tel: 059-8633075. E-mail:

—Thanks to Seamus Taaffe
(20 February 2008)

Here's the preliminary schedule received from Seamus Taaffe on 14 August. Looks like a great lineup!

Friday, 24th October

Official Opening & Shackleton Memorial Lecture, 7.00pm in Athy Heritage Centre-Museum.
- Official launch of Nimrod, the journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School. The second issue of the annual publication of the Autumn School.
- Daily Exhibitions–Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, 10.00am–5.00pm
- Ernest Shackleton exhibition – includes a scale model of the Endurance, artifacts relating to Shackleton's expeditions and his Quaker ancestry and an audio-visual display.
- Face to Face - "Polar Portraits"
This travelling exhibition from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge focuses on a selection of Polar portraits from some of the most important visual records of International Polar Exploration over the last 150 years.
Face to Face, features the very first Polar photographs, the first portrait of the explorers and some of the earliest photographs of the Polar regions and many Polar portraits which have never appeared in public before.
Alongside twenty-five of the worlds finest historic Polar portraits from the Scott Polar Research Institute collections are twenty-five modern day images by leading expedition photographer, Martin Hartley who has captured the men and women of many nations, exploring, working, living in the Polar regions today.
The exhibition also features a unique collection of historic photographic equipment such as cameras owned by Captain Scott, Herbert Ponting, Sir Wally Herbert and Sir Ranulph Fiennes .
- Antarctic Adventurers – The Antarctic Adventurers will recreate a three-man sledging party from the early years of Antarctic exploration.

Saturday, 25th October
Lecture Series, Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
10.30am "Shackleton and Chile," Jim McAdam. Admission €5
12 noon "The Hero's Heart – the women behind Polar Exploration," Kari Herbert. Admission €5
2.30pm "The Royal Navy and Polar Exploration," E. C. Coleman FRGS. Admission €5
4.00pm "Antarctic Destinies – Scott, Shackleton and the changing face of heroism," Dr. Stephanie Barczewski. Admission €5

8.00pm Autumn School Dinner in Clanard Court Hotel, Athy.

Sunday, 26th October Athy Heritage Centre – Museum
Lecture Series, Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
10.30am "Freeze Frame – Historic Polar Photography," Huw Lewis-Jones. Admission €5
12 noon "The SS Terra Nova (1884-1943) and other polar exploration ships of the 'heroic age," Mike Tarver. Admission €5
2.30pm Films: "Foot hold on Antarctica" & "Antarctic Crossing"
Introduced by Peter Fuchs. Admission €5. These two films charts the establishment of the Commonwealth Trans- Antarctic expedition from its landfall in the Antarctic in 1955 to its eventual successful crossing of Antarctica in 1958. The expedition led by Vivian Fuchs and Sir Edmund Hilary completed the crossing which Ernest Shackleton had hoped to pioneer in 1914.
4.00pm Lecture title to be confirmed. Alan Johnston
4.30pm Open forum chaired by Bob Headland

Drama Athy Library
9.00pm "Ernest Shackleton, his life Story in Song." Performed by Cliff Wedgebury
Monday, 27th October 2008
Field Trip. Assemble at The Heritage Centre-Museum 10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country. A Visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton, the Quaker Meeting House and the Shaker Store. Admission €5
Information on Contributors

Jim McAdam
Jim teaches at Queens University Belfast and is a research scientist with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland. He is the scientific advisor to the Falklands Island Government, consultant to the UK Falklands Island Trust, has visited the Falkland islands annually for the last 30 years and has published many scientific and public papers on the island's. He lectures extensively on the Falklands and has been editor of the Falklands Island Journal since 1991.

Kari Herbert
The daughter of distinguished polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert she is a travel writer and photographer and contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. Her book, The Explorers Daughter, an account of the first few years of her life spent living on a remote island in the Antarctic with the Polar Inuit of North West Greenland was published to much acclaim in 2004. Her new book The Hero's Heart, telling the story of the women behind Polar Exploration, will be published shortly.

E. C Coleman
After 36 years service in the Royal Navy and having undertaken four Arctic expeditions he has published two volumes on the Royal Navy and Polar Exploration which are now regarded as the definitive works on the subject. He continues his research into Polar history and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Stephanie Barczewski
A specialist in modern British Cultural history she is currently a Professor of History at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA. She is the author of a number of books including Titanic⁷Night Remembered and her most recent publication Antarctic Destinies which examines the evolution of the reputations of both Scott and Shackleton in the decades after their deaths.

Huw Lewis-Jones
Huw is curator of art at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. He is also the curator for the "Freeze frame" digitization programme whereby all historical images in the archive of Scott Polar Research Institute will be digitized. He publishes frequently on Polar matters and he is currently working on a book to produce the first comprehensive catalogue of Dr. Edward Wilson's artistic work on Scott's 'Discovery' and 'Terra Nova' expeditions.

Mike Tarver
His interest in polar regions began as a child inspired by a memorial to polar exploration in Cardiff. Combined with his love of sailing he researched and published The S.S. Terra Nova–From the Arctic to the Antarctic a comprehensive history of Captain Scott's last ship. He is a vice president of the Captain Scott Society based in Cardiff, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Peter Fuchs
Peter Fuchs, son of Sir Vivian Fuchs, is a geologist by training, and now, after a thirty-year career in the mining and minerals industries, manages the Fuchs Foundation which sends young teachers to the Polar Regions to undertake science projects, thereby inspiring their teaching. He has been to the Antarctic twice, Ross Ice Shelf and the Antarctic Peninsula, and has undertaken a three month post graduate diploma in Antarctic Studies from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Alan Johnston
Alan joined the BBC in 1991 and spent eight years as a correspondent with them in countries such as Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. He was the BBC's full time correspondent in Gaza until April 2007 and at the time of his kidnapping was the only representative of the western media in the city. After his release from captivity Johnston was awarded a prize by Amnesty International as a tribute to his reports on human rights in Gaza. The award praised for his "commitment to telling ordinary peoples stories".

Bob Headland
Bob is a senior research associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history and geography of both polar regions. His work with the Antarctic Heritage Trust involves the preservation of the historic huts and other aspects associated with the exploration of the discovery of the Antarctic. He is due to publish shortly the updated and revised edition of his pioneering book Chronological List of Antarctic Expeditions that relate to historical events.

Cliff Wedgbury
London born and now long term resident in Cork, poet, playwright, performance artist and broadcaster he was first inspired by the Antarctic expeditions when as a 10 year old school boy he visited the research ship R.S.S Discovery docked in London in 1956. He has written and released cd's of Antarctic ballads inspired by Scot, Shackleton and Crean amongst others.

Antarctic Adventurers
The Antarctic Adventurers is a group of British actors who specialise in recreating the world of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. They preform regularly for museums and English heritage. They recreated three-man sledging party of the 1901–1913 period with clothing, sledges and equipment of the time deployed by Scott and Shackleton.

Volume 2 of Nimrod, the Journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School, will be available at the 8th Ernest Shackleton Autumn School.

This year's issue:


'The Kildare 'Shackleton' Harness' by Kevin Kenny

'Antarctic Sites outside the Antarctic—Memorials, Statues, Houses, Graves and the occasional Pub' by Robert B Stephenson

'Biographical Dictionary of an Uninhabited Island' by David Tatham

'The Crew of S.Y. Endurance by John F. Mann

'Arctic Sovereignty' by Bob Headland

Book Reviews
Ice Captain: The Life of J R Stenhouse by Stephen Haddelsey—Review by Paul Davies

Deb, Geographer, Scientist, Antarctic Explorer–a Biography of Frank Debenham by Peter Speak—Review by Seamus Taaffe

Antarctic Destinies, Scott, Shackleton and the Changing Face of Heroism by Stephanie Barczewski—Review by Jim McAdam

Arctic Hell-Ship: The Voyage of HMS Enterprise 1850-55 by William Barr—Review by Joe O' Farrell
(14 August 2008)


The summer lunch of the Friends is scheduled for Saturday, 7 June 2008 at a location in or around Cambridge, UK.
Source: Polar Bytes, No 45.
(25 November 2007)


Both on Friday 6 June 2008:

A lunchtime talk on Captain Scott will be given by Dr. David Wilson at the Plymouth Museum. The title of his talk: "Captain Scott: a re-evaluation."
A formal dinner sponsored by the Devon and Cornwall Polar Buffs will be held at (tentatively) the HMS Drake
Sources: Polar Bytes, No 45 and Paul Davies.
(25 November 2007)

UPDATE: "On 6 June 2008 Devon and Cornwall Polar Buffs are to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Captain Scott's birth in his home city of Plymouth.
The celebratory dinner is to be held at HMS Drake (TBC) at 7.30 for 8pm. Dress will be formal.
The cost of the dinner will be between £30-40 person (subject to availability of venue and the menu).
Anyone interested in attending can you please telephone or email Brigette Dixon tel 01579 384381. Email
Numbers will be limited and tickets will be on sale in January 2008."
(29 December 2007)

UPDATE: The gathering (limited to 70) is now set for the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club (RPCYC) just off the Plymouth Hoe. (See Four-course dinner with wine, etc. Price: £35 per person. Tickets available from Brigette Dixon, 1 Trefloyd Close, Kelly Bray, Cornwall PL17 8DP, UK. Tel 01579 384381. Email

According to Paul Davies, some prominent Antarcticans are likely to be in attendance. Unclear whether the event is still formal, dress-wise.
(5 February 2008)

UPDATE: Paul Davies reports that "about 60 of the 70 tickets have been sold or reserved."
(25 March 2008)

UPDATE: The lunchtime talk on Friday, 6 June by David Wlson is at 1:10pm at Sherwell United Church, North Hill (just up the hill from the Museum which is presently undergoing refurbishment). The Museum's website ( describes it thusly: "Join Dr David Wilson, great nephew of Dr Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912, as he re-evaluates Scott's explorations on the 140th anniversary of his birth." On the 10th of June at the same venue: "In a follow up talk about Captain Robert Falcon-Scott, Peter Marquis from the Antarctic Medical Unit talks about the legacies of this intrepid Plymouth-born explorer."
(27 March 2008)


Wondrous Cold, an exhibition of Joan Myers' photographs, opens at the Springfield (MA) Museum of Fine Arts on 25 March 2008 running through 1 June 2008. This was developed as a Smithsonian traveling exhibition. This is what the Museum's website says:

"This exhibit features 50 dramatic color and black-and-white photographs of the world's most hostile continent. Award-winning photographer Joan Myers spent October 2002 through January 2003 photographing the scientific activities and daily life at McMurdo research station in Antarctica. Large panoramas of Antarctica's austere beauty are juxtaposed with wildlife, people, and the abandoned huts of early explorers Scott and Shackleton.

Myers also explored the interior of the continent by plane, ship, helicopter and snowmobile, and took photos aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker, at the South Pole, and from the top of an active volcano. Her pictures offer a glimpse of the majestic continent that has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists and armchair travelers alike.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, driest and most remote continent on the Earth. No permanent human settlement has ever been established on Antarctica, but dozens of countries maintain research stations there to study its geological past, its glaciers and wildlife, and the environment. McMurdo Station is the largest of three American scientific research stations built in the 1950s.

"I have seen part of the planet that few have seen, and I have had the time to walk and photograph and feel our world without its veneer of human activity. Antarctica cannot be tamed." That is the last journal entry Joan Myers wrote, summing up the four-month project."

(24 March 2008)


20-24 May 2008, Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth - Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR, UK. Ticket Enquiries: 01752 267222 Web:

James Seabright Presents.
Adapted from the journals of Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott by G.M Calhoun.
Two invincible explorers. One final conquest.

"This new drama from a multiple Fringe First winning team charts the incredible journey of two of the world's most revered explorers. Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott were heroes from a time when the world had just one remaining corner to be conquered the South Pole.
Based on their actual expedition diaries, this show interweaves the two journeys into a thrilling story of adventure and extreme human endeavour, transporting us to an alien landscape as unimaginably hostile as it is awe-inspiring.
The journey ended in victory for just one team. But could the other cope with being the last south?"
"The use of the eloquent words of the explorers themselves gives this engaging production real gravitas."

"There is much humour, but it is their accounts of the return journeys that are the most poignant."
—Thanks to Paul Davies
(8 April 2008)


Friday, 9 May 2008, Dulwich College, London. A talk by in the Great Hall by Paul Rose which will ask the question "Explorers and Field Scientists seem to keep going against impossible odds. How can they appear to be impervious to cold, heat, all pain and general discomfort?" This will be followed by dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall. Cost: £35, including wine. For information contact Pippa Hare, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EN, UK.
(23 March 2008)


Saturday 19 April 2008, 1-4 pm at Pelly's 19th Hole, 615 Callahan Road, North Kingston, Rhode Island. RSVP requested in order to obtain accurate head count for the lunch buffet. For information and reservations contact Marty Diller at

First is Social Hour and lunch, then a brief business meeting. Then a 25-minute video of Deep Freeze I & II. Plus: raffles & door prizes, comradery and more fun!

FOR LUNCH - Buffet-style Lunch at $15pp (including tax & tip). Includes: Oven-roasted chicken, sausage, peppers & potato casserole, penne pasta with meatballs, salad, rolls, dessert squares, coffee and tea.

This will be all very informal - we're expect a good-sized group of around fifty (50) who enjoy sharing their experiences with other OAEs and FNGs. And spouses and friends are welcome, too! Bring your pictures, cruisebooks, yeah - all that stuff!

Please take note of the additional local attractions:

21 Iafrate Way
N.Kingstown, 401-294-7233
DIRECTIONS to the SeaBee Memorial Park, Museum and store:
- Follow the above directions to RI-403 / Davisville Rd. towards N.Kingstown/Quonset Point, then,
- Take the exit ramp for Post Rd./US Rt-1,
- Turn left(north) and take the very first right turn: Gate Road and the RI-403W on-ramp,
- Take the first left turn off of Gate Road (.2 miles) onto Iafrate Way,
- Look for the Quonset huts at the Seabee Memorial Park on the right.

2. QUONSET AIR MUSEUM (Hrs 10am - 3pm):
488 Eccleston Ave,
N.Kingstown, 401-294-9540
- Follow the above directions to the traffic light at Commerce Park Road;
- Do not turn onto Commerce Park Rd, but continue straight ahead;
- Eccleston Ave is the 4th street on the left after the traffic light, and the first left after Dillabur Ave.
- The QAM will be on the right.

Again, please respond to indicate whether you may attend the Chapter meeting.
We look forward to seeing you at Pelly's in N.Kingstown!

For last-minute help in finding directions to any of the weekend's activities: Marty's cell ph: 207-751-0903
(23 March 2008)


This touring exhibition developed by Antarctica New Zealand celebrates 50 years of New Zealand's presence in Antarctica. It also marks the International Polar Year 2007-2009.

New Zealand is one of Antarctica's near neighbours and has a long and strong association with the continent. This association encompasses early explorations, cooperation with the United States' Operation Deep Freeze based in Christchurch, research, and Antarctica New Zealand's programmes on environmental management operated from Scott Base.

Antarctica is a vast and hostile environment. Images and video footage in New Zealand on Ice set the scene for its spectacular visual appeal. Quotes from artists as well as scientists illustrate the impact the place has on its human visitors. Information panels give a profile of the continent, and background on the treaty that is the basis for the human presence there.

Panels also tell the story of New Zealand's activities in Antarctica. They detail the establishment of Scott Base and look at the diverse scientific programmes coordinated from there, particularly in marine biology and geological drilling. An interactive display sets out key findings from research on the "ozone hole".

As human society faces the challenges of climate change, New Zealand's involvement in international scientific research in Antarctica will become even more important as efforts to understand this most intriguing of land environments increase.

New Zealand On Ice gives visitors a chance to appreciate the continent, and an introduction to the role New Zealand people and organisations play there.

The exhibition is presently at Te Papa Museum of New Zealand in Wellington until 29 April 2007. This exhibtion will tour to:
New Plymouth (4 May-24 June 2007)
Palmerston North (29 June-16 September 2007)
Christchurch (21 September-4 November 2007)
Invercargill (9 November-30 December 2007)
Auckland (3 January-3 February 2008)
Dunedin (9 February-30 March 2008)
(17 April 2007)


Ships & Shoes & Snow Goggles: Polar History Inspires Paintings and Sketches by Vincent Alexander Booth (12 January - 15 March 2008)

First Across: Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (17 January - 29 March 2008)

Both at Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK.
(29 December 2007)


The Group will convene at the New Country Inn, Ivybridge, on Wednesday, 19 March 2008. Guest and speaker will be Michael Smith, well known to all Antarcticans. He will speak on Captain Oates.
(5 February 2008)


Public lectures are scheduled at Scott Polar Research Institute for the following dates during Lent Term: 9 & 23 February and 8 & 29 March, 2008.
Source: Polar Bytes, No 45.
(25 November 2007)

All lectures begin at 8pm. Lectures generally last for about an hour, including questions, and are followed by tea or coffee in the entrance hall. Attendance is free and open to all. SPRI, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UK.
9 February 2008 "From Dreams to Reality"—a new museum, museum store and archive for SPRI. Robert Smith Project Manager, SPRI.

23 February 2008 "Whaling films of the busy times at Grytviken." South Georgia Association. The Whaling History of South Georgia.

8 March 2008 "Kayak 66° South." PO Steve Paris-Hunter RN, FRGS. A spactacular and challenging voyage by kayak around James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.

The 29 March lecture is not Antarctic-related.
Source: Friends mailing.
(5 February 2008)


An exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 8 January to 29 February 2008.
(27 January 2008)


Prominent polar historian Ann Shirley will speak at the launch of the new Hakluyt Society title Four Travel Journals: America, Antarctica and Africa 1775-1874 on Friday 25 January 2008 in Exeter.

The program begins at 2:15 p.m. with Dr Shirley's talk (Midshipman Kay's Journal aboard HMS Chanticleer 1828-3 (S. Atlantic & Antarctic) scheduled for 4 p.m. (Capt Richard Campbell will speak at 2:55 p.m. on a non-Antarctic subject. His Hakluyt Society title The Discovery of the South Shetland Islands 1819-1820. The Journal of Midshipman C.W. Poynter was issued by the Society in 2000.)

A wine reception will follow from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. The location is Room 128, Amory Building, University of Exeter. The program is part of The Centre for Maritime Historical Studies Seminar Series.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

More information may be obtained from the Society's website at
(5 January 2008)


At Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UK.
Continuing from 25 October to December 2007.
Source: Polar Bytes, No 45.
(25 November 2007)


The AGM of the Friends of SPRI is scheduled for Saturday, 10 November 2007 at the Institute in Cambridge. The speaker will be Tony Soper.
(9 December 2006)


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

This always interesting and enjoyable gathering is scheduled for 26-29 October 2007 at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The Nimrod expedition celebrates its 100th anniversary. The brochure may be downloaded from Here are some details:

7 p.m. Official openng. Kevin Myers.

Official launch of 'Nimrod,' the journal of the Ernest Shackleton Autumn School.
10.30 a.m. Polar Photography. Martin Hartley

12 noon Nimrod and the Shackleton Centenary Expedition. Will Gow

2.30 p.m. Captain Scott — The Explorer as Hero. Max Jones

4.00 p.m. Biographical Dictionary of an Uninhabited Island. David Tatham

8.00 p.m. Autumn School Dinner, Clanard Court Hotel.
10.00 a.m. Rescued by Penguins — The unsung role of Penguins In Antarctic Exploration. Robert Burton

11.00 a.m. Tin Cans and Auroras — Conserving Antarcticas Heroic Age of Exploration. Nicola Dunn

12 noon The Poles and the Planet . Dr. Rhian Salmon

2.30 p.m. Film "Antarctic Journal"— released in 2005, this South Korean production is a psychological thriller about an expedition trekking across the Antarctic to the Pole of inaccessibility. When they discover a journal from the British expedition of 80 years earlier they begin to notice similarities between the British journey and their own. The film is shown with English subtitles

4.30 p.m. Open Forum, chaired by Bob Headland

9.00 p.m. "Myths and Mask: A showcase of non-stop poetry and music.
10.00 a.m. Bus tour to Shackleton country. ROBERT BURTON
Robert Burton is a natural history writer who has been involved with South Georgia for many years. He visited the island for the first time in 1964 and returned in 1971 to study albatrosses and fur seals. From 1995 to 1998, he was director of the museum at Grytviken and started to collect information on the islands history. This included researching the time that Shackleton spent in South Georgia. Bob now visits annually as a lecturer on cruise ships.

Nicola Dunn originally trained as a silversmith and jeweller before studying metals conservation and completed an internship with the Northern Ireland Museums Council in Belfast. Since then she has worked as conservator at the Science Museum in London and is now an Applied Arts Conservator at the Museum in London. Last year she spent nine months overwintering in Antarctica working for the Antarctic Heritage Trust conserving objects from Shackletons exploration hut at Cape Royds.

Will Gow works in the City of London. He has participated in many expeditions and adventures, his most recent being the Third Yukon Arctic Ultra, a self supported non-stop footrace with an eight day cut-off time to run 300 miles at temperatures approaching -50 degrees centigrade. He is the expedition leader of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition 2008 which plans to re-create Shackletons expedition to the farthest south.

Martin Hartley is an acclaimed photographer who specialises in documenting the most inaccessible parts of the planet. His work has been published worldwide in international press and journals. His recent commissions include The National Geographic Frankincense Trail (Yemen and Oman) and the Adventure Ecology Top of the World Trans-Arctic Expedition.

Bob is currently Senior Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute of the University of Cambridge. He specialises in the history and geography of both polar regions. His involvement with the Antarctic Heritage Trust concerns the preservation of the historical huts and other sites associated with exploration and discovering the Antarctic. He is the author of the pioneering book Chronological Lists of Antarctic Expeditions that Relate to Historical Events.

Dr. Max Jones was formerly a fellow and director of studies in history at Christ College in Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in modern British history at the University of Manchester. He is the acclaimed author of a number of books including The Last Great Quest (Captain Scott's Antarctic Sacrifice) and recently edited Captain Robert Scott's Journals.

After completing a PhD in atmospheric chemistry Rhian spent three summers and one winter working in Antarctica with the British Antarctic survey. Upon return she was overwhelmed by the beauty of the continent, convinced by the importance of polar research, and disappointed by the huge gulf between scientific knowledge and public awareness of issues of global concern. She now works as Education and Outreach Coordinator for the International Polar Year 2007-08.

David Tatham spent part of his childhood in County Meath and his working life in the British diplomatic service, including a spell in Dublin. In the late 1980s he was responsible for the Falkland Islands and South Georgia in the Foreign Office and he spent three years in Stanley from 1992-95. He has a continuing interest in the South Atlantic and helped to found the Shackleton Scholarship Fund in 1995 and is currently chairman of the Fund. He is the founder of the South Georgia Association and has just completed editing the Dictionary of Falklands Biography which will be published this year.

The Armagh Rhymers are one of Irelands most celebrated folk theatre ensembles. The masked tradition of Mumming in Ulster dates back 2,500 years. This tradition finds voice in the work of the Armagh Rhymers. They have delighted audiences all over the world with their unique blend of music, song, drama and dance. They recently represented Northern Ireland at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. The group comprises Dara Vallely, Peter Shortall and Brendan Bailey.

Sandra Petit Frere was born in Dublin, and has recently moved to Athy from the USA where she lived for the past eight years with her Husband and two children. She has studied portraiture, the oil technique of John Howard, and the pencil technique of Lee Hammond.

The Antarctic adventurers are a group of British re-enactors who specialise in re-creating the world of Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen. They perform regularly for museums and English heritage. They will recreate a three man sledging party of the 1901-1913 period with clothing, sledges and equipment of the type employed by Scott and Shackleton.
COSTS: Admission to lectures €5. All events inclusive fees which includes the dinner €75.

For further information: Tel: 059-8633075. E-mail:

—Thanks to Seamus Taaffe
(30 August 2007)


AGM, followed by talk by Henry Worsley amd Will Gow on the Shackleton Centenary Expedition 2008 followed by dinner. Friday, 2 November 2007. Dulwich College, London.

(30 May 2007)


Royal Geographical Society, London, UK, Wednesday, 24 October 2007 at 7 p.m.

The Trustees of the Fuchs Foundation invite you to a charity event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London, Wednesday, 24th October 2007 at 7 p.m.

Illustrated Lectures hosted by Tom Heap, Environmental Consultant:

Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition - The Last Heroic Age Expedition - Peter Fuchs, son of Sir Vivian Fuchs

Antarctic Science To-day - the Legacy of the Trans-Antarctic Expedition - Professor Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey

Afterwards a Reception with refreshments including a glass of wine or soft drink with a Cash bar. Exhibition of memorabilia of the Expedition. We will be wishing bon voyage to the Foundation's first Science and Geography teachers expedition to the Ellsworth Mountains, Antarctica, which departs on 3rd November. Tickets for the lectures and reception are available through making a donation to the Foundation by way of the Ticket Application Form. In addition general donations given in advance will be entered into a prize draw.

For more information go to or e-mail:
Fuchs Foundation, The Elwells, Bennetts Hill, Dunton Bassett, Leicestershire, LE17 5JJ. Tel: 01455-202209

Source: E-mail from the Fuchs Foundation.
(13 July 2007)


The Hakluyt Society has announced that "the next E.G.R. Taylor Lecture will be on Thursday, 18 October 2007 at the House of the Royal Geographical Society. It is the turn of that Society to sponsor the lecture for 2007 and it is gratifying that htey have chosen our Vice-President, Dr Ann Savours Shirley, as lecturer. Her subject will be 'Sir Clements Markham (1830-1916): Shining Light of Eminence Grise'."
(9 December 2006)


Public lectures are scheduled at Scott Polar Research Institute for the following dates during Michaelmas Term: 13 & 27 October and 10 & 24 November, 2007.
(10 February 2007)


Commemorative Weekend
Christchurch, New Zealand

Anniversary celebrations marking New Zealand's 50 years of activity in Antarctica will be held during Christchurch's 2007 Antarctic Week by the New Zealand Antarctic Society, in association with Christchurch International Airport Ltd, Antarctic New Zealand and The International Antarctic Centre.

The 50 years celebration is over Friday 28 September - Sunday 30 September 2007. The Antarctic Society seeks registrations from persons, civilian and military, previously or currently associated with New Zealand's Antarctic programmes. The event will feature special exhibitions, historic films, an informal function and an Anniversary dinner for 600 registrants and VIP guests at Air Force World, Wigram. The society's patron is Sir Edmund Hillary.

For a brochure go to
(17 April 2007)


The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, New York City, 17 July - 9 September 2007.
Written and performed by Aidan Dooley.
Yet another performance of what has now become an Antarctic classic.
Call 212-727-2737 for details, tickets.
—Thanks to David Stam.
(19 August 2007)


Torbay Hotel, Torquay, Devon, UK, 6 August 2007.
Paul Davies is organizing a gathering "to mark the centenary of the Nimrod's departure from Torquay. A small group of enthusiasts will be raising a glass in the bar of the Torbay Hotel from 8pm during the evening of 6 August 2007."
Torquay was the Nimrod's point of departure from the UK. A Farewell Dinner was held on the evening of the 6th at the Torbay Hotel and the ship sailed the following day.
For further information, ring Paul at 01548 561798
Source: James Caird Society Newsletter, Issue 13.
(30 May 2007)


Duxton Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand, 2-6 July 2007.
Antarctica New Zealand and the Royal Society of New Zealand are proud to announce a conference celebrating 50 years of New Zealand's involvement in the Antarctic. The conference aims to present the successes of the past (International Geophysical Year to present day) and enthuse New Zealand about its future in Antarctica.

This five-day conference combines invited talks from national and international speakers, presentations from artists, media and students, film screenings, panel discussions, poster sessions, and social functions. The main conference is preceded by a day of workshops/meetings and Antarctica New Zealand sessions.

We invite those with any interests in Antarctica to join us in this conference and celebration, to build on the past and work towards the future in the spirit of the International Polar Year (2007-2009). In particular we invite Antarctica New Zealand supported events and groups with interests related to Antarctica and Antarctic research to present their work in a poster presentation.

For programme, registration and additional informaton go to the Antarctica New Zealand web page at
(17 April 2007)


A 5-week polar lecture series at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK. Saturdays, 2-30 June 2007. Hours: 15-17.30. Cost: £30/£20. Bookings 020 8312 8560

'Are we at the beginning of an unprecedented era of international co-operation, or are we living in an Edwardian summer of reckless denial? Is it the beginning, or the end of the beginning?' Ian McEwan.

The National Maritime Museum celebrates International Polar Year 2007 with an engaging programme of events including an exhibition of pioneering polar photography, a polar film season and this series of talks by explorers, artists, historians and scientists. Covering cultural, social, environmental and historical responses to the polar regions, the talks aim to uncover this fast-disappearing and final imaginary place on Earth. The polar regions are simultaneously transient and ancient. Each week they will be explored from a different perspective: cultural commentators and ecologists will engage in the burning issue of climate change; historians will discuss empire-building and notions of heroism through the characters of Scott, Amundsen and Franklin; anthropologists will highlight the cultural and contemporary concerns of indigenous communities and explorers will discuss their experiences. This series of significant and timely dialogues is presented by leading international cultural, scholarly and scientific visionaries.

Hugh Brody: internationally recognized scholar, anthropologist, land claims researcher, policy advisor, film maker, Canadian Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies and Honorary Associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Kari Herbert: daughter of the great explorer Sir Wally Herbert, the first undisputed man to walk to the North Pole. Kari lived with her parents among one of the last surviving tribes of traditional Inuit hunters. She has travel extensively ever since and in 2002 she returned to explore her Arctic roots alone. She is a writer, broadcaster and photographer.

David Buckland: designer, artist, film-maker. Creator and Director of the Cape Farewell Project whose aim is to bring artists, scientists and educators together to address and raise awareness of climate change.

Klaus Dodds: Professor of Geopolitics, Royal Holloway, University of London and author of books including Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction (2005) and Pink Ice: Britain and the South Atlantic Empire (2002).

Professor Andrew Lambert: Laughton Professor of Naval History, Department of War Studies, King's College London.

Maxwell Jones: Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Manchester, author of Last Great Quest: Captain Scott's Antarctic Sacrifice (2003) and editor of Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition (2005).

Tor Bomann-Larsen: Norwegian biographer of Roald Amundsen.

Sara Wheeler: journalist and first foreigner to join the American National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists' and Writers' Programme. Author of Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard (2002).

Associated exhibit:
Freeze Frame: Pioneering Polar Photography
Queen's House, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, UK.
May-December, 2007
This exhibition highlights some of the very first photographic images ever taken of the Artic and its indigenous peoples. Images include those taken on Edward Inglefield's voyage to Beechey Island in 1854, an expedition to help re-supply and evacuate the Franklin search squadron, and those taken on George S Nares' 1875-76 voyage in search of the North Pole.

—Thanks to Rachel Morgan.
(15 March 2006)

"The National Maritime Museum celebrates International Polar Year 2007 with an engaging and stimulating programme of events. They include an exhibition of pioneering polar photography, a polar film season and this series of talks by explorers, artists, historians and scientists.

Covering cultural, social, environmental and historical responses to the Polar Regions, the talks, lectures and panel discussions aim to uncover and examine the last imaginary place on Earth. Each week some aspect of the Arctic or Antarctic will be explored from a different perspective: scientists will discuss climate change, sea-ice depletion and protecting Arctic animals; historians will look at empire and notions of heroism and leadership through the characters of Scott, Amundsen, Franklin and Shackleton; anthropologists will discuss the cultural encounter between explorers and indigenous communities and highlight their traditions, culture and contemporary concerns; artists will respond to their experiences in the polar regions and explorers will discuss their adventures."


"I'm glad to introduce you the next exhibition of the Centre International de la Mer—Corderie Royale, in the city of Rochefort (France). You will find a first presentation in the notice following the message (in French for the moment, the notice in English will be available soon).

You may be interested in the character and the polar adventure that we are going to show in our exhibition from December 9th [2006] to June 24th [2007] since it will tell Sir Ernest Shackleton's tremendous expedition to the South Pole.

The opening of the exhibition will be celebrated on December 13th at 6 pm, invitations on demand.

Thank you for promoting this exhibition around you. Do not hesitate to join me for further information or visit our website:"

—From an email from the
(11 December 2006)


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. 'Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of hardihood, endurance and courage which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale...' Captain Scott.

A Royal Geographical Society with IBG, Photographic Exhibition, 5 May - 23 June, 2007, at the Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke, Hampshihre, UK. Web:
(17 April 2007)


SPRI is restaging the 2005 exhibition of the Antarctic paintings of Edward Seago. At Bonhams New Bond Street Gallery from Sunday 27 May to Friday 15 June 2007. This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's tour of hte Antarctic and is being staged in support of the SPRI Appeal. For further information see the Bonhams site at
Source: Polar Bytes, No 43.
(30 May 2006)


The Society's Annual Dinner is to be held, as always, on 12 June, which in 2007 is a Tuesday. Captain Scott Room, Royal Hotel, Cardiff.
(8 April 2006)


NOTE: The date of this event has been corrected to 5 June.

On Tuesday, 5 June 2007, at 5:30pm, Dr Frank Swinton talks about his year as a medical doctor with the British Antarctic Survey, covering life on a remote base, scientific research and challenges facing Antarctica.
A joint RGS-Winchester College event.
Science Lecture Theatre, Winchester College, Kingsgate Street, Winchester, Hampshire, UK.
No tickets needed. Free to members of the RGS-IBG and the College. Others £ donation.
(2 June 2007)


The Summer Lunch of the Friends of SPRI is scheduled for Saturday, 2 June 2007 at SPRI. A sherry reception and book sale started at 12 noon, followed at 12:45 by the lunch. The 'Antarctic Adventurers' will perform at 2:30 followed by a Dog Sledging presentation. Tickets are £20 per person. For information or tickets contact Mrs. C. Packard, Friends of SPRI, ScottPolar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1ER..
(9 December 2006)


This exhibition opens on 16 December 2006 and runs until May 2007. Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin, NZ.

Cool down this summer at Antarctica in Dunedin!

"Otago Museum's outstanding summer exhibition Antarctica : The Big Ice captures the true essence of the world's southernmost continent. Be captivated by the Antarctic aesthetic, delve into the history, discover the science, contemplate the politics and explore with the heroes. Most of all, be inspired by the last great wilderness.

See sledges used by Scott and Shackleton on their courageous expeditions and take a close look at the ice axe Sir Edmund Hillary used to carve steps in the polar plateau as he as he lead his team to the South Pole. Try out a polar tent for size, ride a skidoo or dress yourself for an Antarctic expedition.

Review evidence of the geological relationships between Antarctica and New Zealand with some outstanding fossil finds. Meet some examples of the wildlife of the big ice including an Emperor Penguin presented following Shackleton's 1909/10 expedition.

Discover the extremes of Earth's most important scientific laboratory; the incredible coping methods of the animal and plant life, the phenomenon behind awesome and pristine ice free dry valleys, and why Antarctic life models that of planet Mars! Investigate a range of international scientific research programmes aimed at knowing more about how and why, and what both the search for and the answers can mean for the future.

Commemorating 50 years of New Zealand's presence in Antarctica, International Polar Year and Scott Base's 50th Birthday, Antarctica : The Big Ice celebrates our strong relationships, past, present and future with earth's most extreme land.

Be inspired by the beauty and grandeur of this engaging exhibition and take the opportunity to experience the first significant exhibition of the photography of Grahame Sydney from his recent visits south, along with a taste of the inspired works from a variety of New Zealand artists.

Made possible with the support and talents of Imagelab and Antarctica New Zealand, the Otago Museum is proud to have designed and produced this exhibition, which starts its life in Dunedin before touring to other communities around New Zealand.

An excellent range of community programmes will run in conjunction with this breathtaking exhibition. Plan your journey today!

Opening 16 December 2006, Special Exhibitions Gallery, FREE!"

—From the Museum's website:
—Thanks to Dave Robertson
(28 December 2006)


The Society's spring members' evening is to be held on Friday 11 May 2007 at Dulwuch College, London. 6:30 pm. Cost: £30. John Gimlette will give a lecture entitled "A Theatre of Fish." This will be followed by dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall. For information contact Pippa Hare, The James Caird Society, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EN, UK.
(21 April 2007)


'Terra Nova,' Ted Tally's play focusing on Captain Scott, is now having a run at the Port City Playhouse, Lee Center for the Performing Arts, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. General information: or (703) 838-2880. Web:

The production opened on 13 April. Future performances, all at 8pm, are set for 20, 21, 24, 27 and 28 April 2007.
For a review, go to:
(17 April 2007)


This RGS exhibition of Herbert Ponting's photographs will be at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, UK, 27 January – 28 April, 2007.
—Thanks to UKAHT.
(9 December 2006)


The APS returns to the Byrd Polar Research Institute at Ohio State University for a symposium, April 25 – 27, 2007. The theme is U.S. Science and Policy: Celebrating IGY (1957-1958) and Planning IPY (2007-2009). This will be a joint meeting, sponsored by the Byrd Polar Research Center, the Polar Archival Program, the American Polar Society and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. For further information, go to
You can also check the APS's new website for information:
(30 December 2006)

2007 American Polar Society and Byrd Polar Research Center Symposium

U.S. Science and Policy:
Celebrating IGY (1957-1958) and Planning IPY (2007-2009)
April 25-27, 2007

A symposium co-sponsored by the American Polar Society & the Byrd Polar Research Center and
hosted by the Byrd Polar Research Center on The Ohio State University Campus in Columbus

Tentative Agenda
Wednesday Afternoon, April 25, 2007, OSU Main Campus
4:30pm Wexner Center on Main Campus
Phil Smith [Historical Development of IGY and IPY]

5:30pm Reception at Page Hall, OSU Main Campus
Thursday, April 26, 2007, 240 Scott Hall, OSU West Campus
8:00-9:15am Pick up participants at the Holiday Inn on the Lane and bring them to Scott Hall on West Campus, and Registration at Scott Hall

9:15-9:30am Welcome and Opening Remarks Berry Lyons & John Behrendt

9:30-10:10am John Behrendt [IGY Traverse Program from the Perspective of a Graduate Student]

10:10-10:50am Henry Brecher [Wintering at Byrd Station, Antarctica, 1959-61]

10:50-11:15am Break

11:15-11:55am Charlie Bentley [IGY Traverse]

11:55AM-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-1:30pm Authors of Books

1:30-2:30pm Book Signing Event

2:30-3:10pm Susan Adie [Antarctic Tourism—Past and Future Trends]

3:10-3:50pm Dick Bowers [Military Support of Science Initiatives During IGY]

3:50pm Buses back to the Holiday Inn on the Lane

Dinner on your own

7:00pm Educational Outreach Seminar Series about Global Warming at Scott Hall [Participants are invited to attend this event, although it is not officially part of the symposium.]
Friday, 27 April 2007, 240 Scott Hall, OSU West Campus
8:00-9:30am APS Board Meeting In Scott Hall

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

9:45-9:55am Opening Remarks and Announcements Rai Goerler

9:55-10:35am David H. Bromwich [Antarctic Weather Forecasting: From IGY to IPY]

10:35-11:15am David Carlson [International Aspects of IPY]

11:15am-12:30pm Lunch

12:30-1:10pm Mary Albert [Current U.S. IPY Initiatives]

1:10-1:25pm IGY Newsreel, President Opens International Geophysical Year (Fox Movietone News)

1:25-2:05pm Dian Belanger [Operation Deep Freeze]

2:05-2:45pm W. Berry Lyons [Arctic Observing Networks for the IPY and Beyond]

2:45-3:00pm Break

3:00-3:40pm Robert Rutford [IGY Geology]

3:40-4:20pm Ted Scambos and Clarence Novak [Byrd Snow Cruiser]

4:20-4:50pm Concluding Remarks John Behrendt

4:50pm Bus Service back to the Holiday Inn on the Lane

6:30-7:00pm Cash-bar Reception at the Holiday Inn on the Lane

7:00-8:00pm Banquet at the Holiday Inn on the Lane

8:15-9:15pm After-Dinner Presentation by Chuck Kennicutt [SCAR Initiatives]
Registration Fees and Information

Registration information will be sent to APS members in January 2007. Updated information will be available on the web at The registration fee for the symposium is $120.00. The fee for registration includes the reception on Wednesday evening, banquet on Friday evening, lunches and breaks on Thursday and Friday. Transportation to and from the hotel to the Byrd Center and OSU's main campus will also be provided. Additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $40.00 per person.
Hotel Accommodations

Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn on the Lane (328 West Lane Avenue). The cost is $94.00 + tax per night, single or double occupancy. Participants should make their own reservations before 30 March 2007 and mention APS to guarantee the conference rate. The telephone number for the hotel is 614-294-4848. Participants are responsible for their own hotel charges. The Holiday Inn on the Lane provides a free shuttle service to and from the airport.
Local Arrangements Committee:
Lynn Everett —; Ph: (614) 292-9909
Laura Kissel —; Ph: (614) 688-8173
Lynn Lay —; Ph: (614) 292-6715


Rik van Glintenkamp's polar collages will be exhibited at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 27 January through 22 April, 2007.

"Opening January 27, 2007, Echoes in the Ice offers a unique look at the aspirations, motivations and experiences that have shaped heroic and sometimes eccentric Arctic and Antarctic explorers, from 16th century privateer Martin Frobisher to Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, and Admiral Byrd. Inspired by film montage and web design, visual artist and filmmaker Rik van Glintenkamp melds archival imagery, original writings and reproductions of personal memorabilia into mixed-media collages of polar explorations spanning almost four centuries. The work is a dynamic visual experience that has informed and awed audiences throughout the United Kingdom, Germany, and North America.

Echoes in the Ice 30 different explorers—both notable and little known. "Their fascinating stories will resonate for all of us who dream of voyages to unfamiliar places and what we will find there," says Harvard Museum of Natural History Executive Director Elisabeth Werby. Navigators, naval officers, doctors, pirates, and even artists of various nationalities and backgrounds were among those who charted and explored the harshest and farthest reaches of the planet utilizing undependable and relatively primitive technologies. Van Glintenkamp's collages create rich and varied portraits that chronicle successes, failures, narrow escapes, and dramatic deaths. Taken alone, each work is a window into the mind of an extraordinary individual. Together, they trace the dramatic history of polar exploration.

Rik van Glintenkamp is an accomplished New York photographer who has directed films for PBS, music videos, and whose photography has appeared regularly in Glamour, Elle, Seventeen, British Vogue, and other magazines. Echoes in the Ice is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with polar exploration that began at the age of 7.

Echoes in the Ice is part of the HMNH's celebration of International Polar Year 2007-2008, a concerted worldwide effort to advance scientific knowledge and interest in the polar regions and how they affect global climate systems.

Opening Saturday, January 27, 2007, Echoes in the Ice will be on view at the Harvard Museum of Natural History through April 22, 2007. The artist will offer gallery talks on January 26 at 11:00am and 4:00pm and on January 27 at 10:00am. Please call 617 495 2773 to reserve.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street, a short walk from the Harvard Square T station. The Museum is handicapped accessible. For general information please call 617 495 3045 or visit

Echoes in the Ice contains images and items donated by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University.

—From a press release sent by the the Harvard Museum of Natural History. (9 December 2006)


An exhibit at Scott Polar Research Institute, 17 January – 14 April 2007, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, UK.

"This new exhibition centres on the final message written by Captain Scott to his wife and son—on public display for the first time.

Descendants of the famous explorer have donated the correspondence between Scott and his wife, the sculptress Kathleen, to the Scott Polar Research Institute Museum. The collection also includes letters sent by his wife and his young son, who was just learning to write at the time of his father's doomed expedition to the South Pole.

Three-year-old Peter sent two messages to his father as his mother anxiously awaited news of Scott's return in 1912. One says: "Dear Daddy I am going to be a drummer" and the other simply "I love you". Tragically, the little boy's letters never reached his father—Scott and his fellow-explorers had already succumbed to extreme frostbite, malnutrition and exhaustion as they fought their way across the Antarctic.

For the first time, scholars and members of the public will also be able to examine Scott's own, deeply moving final letter home. Dated March 1912 and addressed "To my widow", the document was found in his tent when the team's bodies were recovered in 1913.

Scott wrote it on scraps of his journal over a period of days as he and his companions tried to battle their way back from the Pole in blizzard conditions and unimaginable cold. At the start of 1912 they had arrived at the Pole only to discover that the Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, had already attained the Pole a month earlier.

As they began the long and demoralising journey back, very bad weather set in. Despite valiant claims in the letter that he and his companions were "full of good health and vigour", the desperate nature of the group's situation soon became clear.

In one passage, Scott told Kathleen: "Dear, it is not easy to write because of the cold—70 degrees below zero and nothing but the shelter of our tent. You know I have loved you; you know my thoughts must have constantly dwelt on you . . . the worst aspect of this situation is that I shall not see you again—the inevitable must be faced."

As the position became more hopeless, Scott began to consider how his family would cope. The letter reveals that he encouraged his wife to re-marry, partly for the sake of their young son. "When the right man comes to help you in life you ought to be your happy self again," he wrote. "I wouldn't have been a very good husband, but I hope I shall be a good memory. Certainly the end is nothing for you to be ashamed of and I like to think that the boy will have a good start in parentage of which he may be proud."

Scott and his remaining two companions were just 11 miles short of their supply depot when they finally perished. Many of his final thoughts concerned Peter and he encouraged Kathleen to try to make him interested in natural history. "It is better than games," he commented, before adding: "Try and make him believe in a God; it is comforting."

Sir Peter Scott, as he became, did indeed follow in his father's footsteps, first by serving with distinction in the Royal Navy and, after World War II, by pursuing a celebrated career in ornithology. Now his widow, Lady Philippa Scott, has given the letters to the Scott Polar Research Institute, which was established in memory of Captain Scott and his team.

The gift means that Cambridge now houses the complete collection of Scott's correspondence, which includes more than 300 letters. These will be kept in the Institute, which also houses the explorer's famous journal and numerous other artefacts from his ill-fated expedition, including food and expedition equipment.

Institute Director, Professor Julian Dowdeswell, said: "We are tremendously grateful to the family for this generous gift, without which Scott's final and most poignant letters might easily have been lost to a private collector. Instead they will prove invaluable in enabling us to continue our historic role as an international centre for the study of the Polar regions."

(27 January 2007)


Craig Potton, one of New Zealand's most successful nature photographers, displays for the first time his photography of Antarctica's sublime Ross Ice Shelf. Tait Electronics Antarctica Gallery, Christchurch Art Gallery / Te Puna O Waiwhetu, Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street, Christchurch, NZ, 15 December 2006–9 April 2007.
—From the Gallery's website
(20 December 2006)


A free 'drop-in' talk by Nicola Dunn on Tuesday, 27 March 2007, at 1:10 pm at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

"Nicola Dunn, Conservator at the Museum of London, spent nine months working at New Zealand's Scott Base in Antarctica where she conserved objects from the historic huts left behind by the expeditions of Scott and Shackleton. She will talk about the sites of the huts and their evocative contents, from tinned food to leather boots—looking at how the challenging climate affects their survival and the conservation treatments used to prolong their life."

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AJ, UK.

—Thanks to Jonathan Wilson.
(17 March 2006)


Another RGS exhibition, this one of Frank Hurley's photographs will be at the Lime Tree Studios, Achintore Road, Fort William, Scotland, 16 February – 24 March, 2007.
"Including a lecture programme and full size replica of the James Caird—the boat in which Shackelton led his men to safety.
This exhibition will be running during the Fort William Mountain Festival and events will be held at the Lime Tree."
—Thanks to UKAHT.
(9 December 2006)


SPRI Public Lecture Series (only Antarctic lectures included here)

The lectures are in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1ER (telephone 01223 336540). They are open to all and are free except for those otherwise indicated. Seats may be reserved, on request, for Friends of the Institute. The Institute opens half an hour before lectures begin. Please arrive in time as for safety reasons (as well as for the benefit of the lecturer and audience) anyone arriving after the theatre is darkened may not be admitted. The Friends serve light refreshments after the lectures.

Car parking in the Institute's grounds is inadequate for the number of cars used by those attending lectures. Owing to fire brigade regulations visitors are requested not to park other than in the designated spaces. There is a multi-storey car park about 400 m west of the Institute and local street parking is usually easy on Saturday evenings.

Saturday 27 January 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30). Non-Antarctic.

Jean de Pomereu
Antarctica - Nature's White Canvas
Saturday 10 February 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
'From the second voyage of Captain James Cook, through to the Antarctic residencies that are now available for contemporary artists and writers, the 'Great White South' has inspired generations of visual artists. In this lecture, Jean de Pomereu explores the extraordinary breadth and depth of Antarctic art as he traces its progression from Classicism and Romanticism to Natural Abstraction and even Conceptualism.
A graduate of SPRI, Jean also studied Art History and photography in Paris as an undergraduate. He currently represents the International Polar Foundation in the UK and has focused his own photographic work on Antarctica since 2002.'

Saturday 24 February 2007 at 20:00. Non-Antarctic.

Professor Bill Block
Coping with Cold - Lessons from Polar Insects
Saturday 10 March 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30)
Bill Block is an Emeritus Fellow at the B.A.S. in Cambridge having undertaken field and laboratory studies over some 25 years on the cold tolerance of insects. He has worked in the Antarctic, at Svalbard and in Alaska, studying insects and terrestrial mites and their adaptations to extreme environments. His non-technical talk will explore the various ecological and physiological adaptations that are used by polar invertebrates to survive low temperatures and the effects on their biology and life cycles. Possible applications of this research to climate change scenarios and cryobiology will be highlighted.

Geoffrey Somers MBE
An Evening with Geoff Somers
Saturday 24 March 2007 at 20:00 (doors open 19:30) - tickets required
Geoff is a seasoned global traveller having visited both poles half a dozen times each, crossed deserts, navigated the oceans and had all sorts of adventures which he shares with his audience in a humorous and most entertaining manner (see separate notices).



"Artexpo New York, one of the most comprehensive events of its kind for both art industry professionals and consumers, will feature the works of Cliff Wassmann during its 2007 show, being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City from March 1—March 5 [2007], Artexpo has been defining popular art for more than a quarter century, and is eagerly anticipated by art dealers, publishers and private collectors. International Artexpo is the highlight of the spring season and draws tens of thousands of qualified buyers and art enthusiasts to view its collections each year.

Wassmann Fine Arts will delight the anticipated 40,000 attendees with its newest collection that features over 20 original oil paintings of Antarctica. Wassmann hopes that this new series of paintings, which will be featured at the New York Art Expo to mark the beginning of International Polar Year (IPY), will raise awareness of the threat posed by these changes. Based on his photographs taken of the Antarctic Peninsula, the paintings depict not only the glaciers and icebergs but also the whales, penguins and other marine life that thrive in this unique ecosystem. IPY is an initiative that brings together over 20,000 scientists and educators to study and raise awareness the public to realize just how much the cold ends of the sphere we all live on really do influence us.

Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nations oldest art school in Philadelphia, Wassmann has developed a highly realistic style using oil paints on masonite panels. The panels allow for beautiful blends and ease in applying the final details that make Wassmann's work unique.

His realist style harkens back to the 19th century realists that journeyed from the east coast to the unexplored western part of the country. They returned with stunning paintings of places that had never been seen before.

While the world is much smaller now Antarctica is still a mysterious place, with less than 20,000 tourists a year traveling there during the brief 4-month period when the waters are ice-free enough to travel safely. Granted, we have photography and movies to bring this place into our living rooms now but paintings can bring out the feeling of an environment in ways that photographic technology cannot.

"We are so pleased to have the work of Cliff Wassmann with us this year," says Eric Smith, vice president of show producer, the International Art & Framing Group. "People from all over the world will be in attendance to view the wonderful works of art from thousands of artists who have been helping Artexpo define popular art for more almost 30 years. Among our numerous attendees will be galleries, art dealers, interior designers, distributors and general art enthusiasts looking for great pieces to collect or to use to decorate their homes and offices."

The 2007 Artexpo promises to be the show of a lifetime, bringing together more than 2,400 artists featuring a wide range of traditional and contemporary paintings, posters, photography, sculpture, prints, frames, decorative art and more. A highlight of the event is the seminar program that offers great insights into artwork, techniques, ways to display and care for your art, and other numerous topics. In addition, a series of special events promises to excite exhibitors and attendees alike."

One can go to to learn more about Cliff Wassman and see some of his Antarctic work. He's also included on the Polar Artists Group website at
(27 January 2007)


The James Caird Society is planning a Grand Nimrod Ball for Friday, 16 February 2007 in the Great Hall at Dulwich College. Dinner. Dancing to Chris & David Stark. 7 for 7:30pm. Tickets: £110 double, £60 single. Black tie. Proceeds to the Shackleton Centenary Expedition, 2008.
(9 December 2006)
For further information contact Pippa Hare, Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EN, UK.
(8 January 2007)


Presentation and booksigning by Kelly Tyler-Lewis. Saturday, 10 February 2007 at 3:00 pm. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Web:
"The historic voyae of Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica aboard the Endurance has been well-documented. Yet few know about his supply team, the Ross Sea Party, which sailed to the opposite side of the continent to support his crossing with food and fuel—and met disaster along the way. Historian Kelly Tyler-Lewis will discuss their story of survival."
(29 January 2007)


Lecture by James J. McCarthy. Tuesday, 6 February 2007 at 6:00 pm. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Web:
"International Polar Year 2007-2008 is an important opportunity to understand climate change and its implications. Harvard professor Jim McCarthy will discuss data spanning the last few decades, which have shown that portions of the Arctic and Antarctic are warming much faster than the average for the entire planet."
(29 January 2007)


Aidan Dooley's one-man show on Tom Crean is set to run at the Olympia Theatre, 72 Dame Street, Dublin, 8-13 January 2007

"a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing." Sunday Independent

Winner of Fringe First in Edinburgh 2006

Best Solo performance award winner—New York International Fringe Festival 2003

Best Actor nomination—Dublin Fringe Festival 2003

Aidan Dooley's award winning one-man play tells the heroic tale of Tom Crean (1877-1938), the intrepid, Irish Antarctic explorer and the only man to serve with Scott and Shackleton on three famous expeditions: —Discovery, (1901-1904); Terra Nova (1910-1913); and Endurance (1914-1916).

Written and performed my Dooley the story, a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctica, is brought to life in this dramatic solo performance. Crean's thirty-six mile solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly; has been described by Antarctic historians as "the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration". He was subsequently awarded the Albert Medal for his bravery.

Tickets from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide 24 Hrs: 0818 719 300
Buy on line:
Mon 8th: €20.00
Tue 9th - Thurs 11th: €20.00, €25.00, €30.00
Fri 12th & Sat 13th: €25.00, €27.50, €32.50 (All prices include booking fee)

—Thanks to Brendan Dixon
(11 December 2006)