Principles of the SouthPole-sium
Registration information and Form
Those who have registered
Those who are planning to attend
Those who have expressed interest in attending
Subjects of talks proposed to be presented so far
Subject ideas for talks that might be presented
Craobh Haven
Lunga House, our venue
Accommodation options
Links relative to Scotland
Wardroom Dinners on board the Discovery in Dundee
Updates & E-mails
Comments from those contacted


From an e-mail:
The short answer, is "Yes!" I would be delighted to host a group of you and your fellow enthusiasts here at the National Library of Scotland. I think the most likely format will be a sort of show and tell—I can get out some of our best polar pieces and talk through what our collections hold. The exact format of this may depend on how many of you come. The 5th of May could work well, or even the morning of 6th to allow people to come down after their visit to Dundee. Let me know whether you prefer morning or afternoon. It may be possible to offer small tours behind the scenes too. I'll investigate this further and let you know…
I would love to come through to the SouthPole-sium proper but it is our bank holiday weekend so still need to sort out family commitments. I'm currently working on a display about Sir James Man Wordie (we have his archive and book collection) so could talk about him if you are interested?
I know Malcolm has already been in touch with you about speaking about our flag project. It is nearing completion (if research is ever "complete?!) so we will send you through the link when our virtual exhibition is launched…
Paula Williams, Curator, Maps, Mountaineering & Polar Collections, National Library of Scotland

From an e-mail:
Greetings from Australia.
I am hoping very much to attend. My book, Shackleton's Heroes, has been accepted by Robson Press in the UK, for publication about March-May next year. I hope the release, etc., ties in with your dates so I can join you in sunny Scotland.
As soon as I have something definite I will register, or send you apologies if I cannot make the book release and your event.
Wilson McOrist

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
I am a retired chest physician. I became interested in Antarctica when I saw the Antarctic paintings of Dr. Edward Wilson (Discovery) in St George's Hospital. I am particularly interested in explorers of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration; also in 'Antarctica Today' in all its aspects. I am researching the life of William Speirs Bruce, the Scottish explorer who identified Coates Land and contributed much scientific knowledge about the Weddell Sea area. He was an ardent Nationalist and not interested in 'bagging the Pole.'
I could give a short presentation on this enigmatic man.

From the first SouthPole-sium: I qualified in medicine at St George's Hospital, London University, and progressed to become a Consultant in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine, leading a busy NHS acute medicine department. I was a National Assessor for Junior Trainees. My interest in Antarctica began when I was a junior doctor. On retirement I visited Antarctica and researched the life of Dr. Edward Wilson, Scott's confidant and friend. Whilst writing this biography I became fascinated by the lives of the ratings, those below deck seamen who kept the expeditions going and I have now written the biography of Chief Petty Officer Edgar Evans, one of Scott's loyal assistants. I have spoken on a variety of Antarctic subjects. I would be interested in talking about Edgar Evans' life and times. I hope to take away an increased understanding of Antarctica. www.isobelwilliams.com
Isobel Williams

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
I am not much of a hero worshipper, of any living person; but from history I have three heroes: T. E. Lawrence, George Mallory and Ernest Shackleton. As for T. E. Lawrence, by the time I arrive at the SouthPole-sium, I should be Vice Chair of the T. E. Lawrence Society. As for George Mallory, I have been dragged up a few of the epic pre-World War I climbs in Snowdonia. As for Shackleton, I have long admired his leadership qualities and the epic of the Endurance. In my youth, I did briefly meet Sir Philip Brocklehurst, one of Shackleton's companions on Nimrod.
Alan Payne

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
Even as a little girl, I remember being entranced by tales of travel and exploration. I could only have been five when I began collecting PG Tips cards showing the 50 Greatest Britons. I was fascinated by the enigmatic face of Lawrence of Arabia, pictured against a desert landscape. My interest in another of the 50—Captain Robert Falcon Scott—didn't evolve for another 40 years, when I walked into a bookshop one lunchtime and emerged with The Worst Journey in the World and a book of Herbert Ponting's photographs. Oh, those cluttered scenes aboard Terra Nova—all those dogs! and ponies! I have since been able to combine my interests in lectures I was invited to give at the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2012 linking the lives and works of Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Lawrence (perhaps my 15-minute talk for the SouthPole-sium), and the 2014 T. E. Lawrence Society Symposium at St. John's College, Oxford, on the friendship between Scott's widow, Lady Kathleen Scott, and the Lawrence family. I have also created a little website telling the story of Captain Scott's ponies. At the SouthPole-sium I am looking forward to meeting old friends—while being a little nervous over meeting a descendant of Kathleen! I hope I have done her justice in my talk.

I gave a presentation at the Scott Polar Research Institute in 2012 linking the lives and writings of Apsley Cherry-Garrard and T.E. Lawrence. As the SouthPole-Sium is a book event, perhaps this might be the topic of my 15-minute talk. In September 2014, I will be presenting a paper on T.E. Lawrence's friendship with Lady Kathleen Scott (you see, always sand and snow) at the biennial T.E. Lawrence Society Symposium at St John's College, Oxford.

My partner Alan is a T. E. Lawrence rather than a polar person (he is currently in the garage rebuilding a 1936 Brough Superior motorbike) but he did mis-spend much of his youth at The Ship Inn (named after the Nimrod) in Wincle, and met Sir Philip Brocklehurst—which I think he would like to recount in his own 15-minute talk.
Alison Jolley

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
I will talk about the C. A. Larsen Collection at the Fram Museum.
I am working on a Shackleton exhibit for the Fram Museum in 2016. We would like to borrow Shackleton artifacts for the exhibit.
Geir Kløver

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
Primary Interest: First person accounts of Antarctic exploration, in particular place naming in the McMurdo Sound area.
Working on an illustrated historical gazetteer of that area with extensive details of name provenance. Will have digital copy with me plus some paper sections.
Always interested in additional details about the area, especially archival unpublished and obscure ones.
Have some knowledge of digital sources for related material.
Author: Bibliography of Antarctic Exploration; Expedition Accounts from 1768 to 1960, (Washougal, Washington, 1999).
Larry Conrad

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank:
1. I can give a presentation on the construction, launch and 60 year working life of the SS Terra Nova and her involvement in polar exploration in the Antarctic and the Arctic. Also the location and discovery by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, of the wreck of the ship off South West Greenland, as she was found in July, 1912. I can bring my own 'steam driven' slide projector and screen, just in case this equipment is not available. I do not have up-to-date 'space age' lap top and power point kit.
2. I can give a presentation comparing the southern polar journeys of Shackleton 1908/09 and Scott 1911/12, illustrating the different approach to tackling the route to the South Pole. The width of a pen board or blackboard and chalk would be required, equipment which I do not have.
3. At present, I am well advanced on a biography of Surgeon Captain Edward Leicester Atkinson (1881-1929) DSO AM MRCS LRCP RN. "ANTARCTIC EXPLORER & WAR HERO—The man who found Captain Scott." I hope to have the book published early in 2015, in which case I can give a presentation and will have the books with me for sale. (To be advised later) Visual aid equipment yet to be decided.
Mike Tarver

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I worked all my life in electronics and computing mainly for New Zealand's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Spent two years in Antarctica at Scott Base on Ross Island (close to McMurdo) wintering-over in 1960 and again in 1963. Since retiring in 2000 my major interests have been the Antarctic, book collecting, and travel.
My Antarctic interests relate to Scott's Northern Party, especially their sledging both before and after the snow-cave ordeal on Inexpressible Island. For my own interest, at the moment, I am putting together details of these sledging trips using published material, photographs and unpublished diaries. Many of my recent overseas travels have involved the archives in Cambridge and Newfoundland. Last July (2014) I published a paper in the Cambridge Polar Record describing some new hand written conversations between Campbell, Levick, and Priestley during their last winter in the snow-cave on Inexpressible Island.
My book collecting interests include the Antarctic, WWII, and New Zealand non-fiction relating to the Wellington area. Most of my Antarctic books are of the Ross Sea area prior to 1920 and the period from 1945 to 1970, although other polar books have crept into the collection. Once again this interest fits in well with my overseas travel. I have had a Travel Blog going from early 2010 in which I make mention of some good old-book shops in places like Garrison, NY, Sydney, BC, Halifax, Toronto, St Catherine, ON, Vancouver, BC.
Don Webster

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Interested in all aspects of Antarctica though obviously I am particularly interested in the ships which have played such an important role in Antarctic exploration.

I could give a very short presentation on
    1) the future of icebreaking;
    2) dog-team driving with the British Antarctic Survey.

I hope that there will be a serious discussion on what we might expect the future of Antarctic exploration/activities to be like in view of
    1) the pressures for economic development; and
    2) competition for funding from Arctic; and
    3) Tourism pressures.
Rorke Bryan

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Michael was bitten by the Antarctic polar bug (a well-known species) in 1979, and it hasn't let go of him since. In 1987, he set foot upon a tiny islet off Elephant Island, and upon experiencing the stark landscape, myriad penguins, seals, and the wafting odor of guano, his love for the southern regions only became more extreme. He has resigned himself to the fact that even though he is a physician by profession, there is no treatment for this malady. Michael began devouring the Antarctic literature and became a book collector, and has visited the southern regions eight times in all, three times as historian on cruise ships. He believed the literature from Cook to Shackleton deserved a bibliography, and so produced one, along with a publishing entity, Adélie Books named in honor of his favorite penguin, through which he edited and published several more books. The Naval Institute Press published his "Let Heroes Speak: Antarctic Explorers, 1772-1922" in 2000, and he is pleased that a bookshop in Ushuaia, Argentina, gateway to the Antarctic, purchased myriad hundreds of paperback copies to foist upon travelers coming through. He has ideas about future Adélie Books projects that he is delighted not to be able to share with you yet. He believes that James Cook's second voyage is the first true Antarctic exploration and deserves as many kudos as Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen. He has come to Craobh Haven to highlight that expedition's literature and simply to share the joy of books, and, in the company of his wife Sheila Pressman, to see old friends and make new ones.
Michael Rosove

I'd love to do a talk about the Antarctics in WWI—I'm uncovering some really fascinating material which brings Rupert Brooke and William Johnstone of Hidcote (famous gardens in the Cotswolds) into the picture, as well as Meares' unpublished letters from the trenches, so hopefully people will find it interesting.
Anne Strathie

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I am enthusiastic about wild places, exploration and the natural world. I have travelled to Antarctica and the Arctic on specialist photographic trips including one called "In the Wake of Shackleton." Shackleton in a hero of mine. I produce photographic cards, books and canvas prints. I sell my work at craft markets and village days. I give talks and photographic presentations to various groups and organisations. I am happy to share my experiences and photographic work I am looking forward to learning from others and sharing knowledge and experiences.
Janice Tipping

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: I'm chiefly interested in the Heroic Age and its aftermaths, particularly in literature and culture, but my broader interest is in the links between literature and environment. I also like penguins.
My PhD was entitled "Scott's Last Expedition and the Literature of Cold," and I'm in the process of turning it into a book. I'd be very willing to talk about the writing of the Terra Nova expedition, or indeed the books they were reading. I can bring along a copy of the edition of Tennyson found in the polar party's final tent.
I'm happy to come away having learnt more about Antarctica and the people whom it fascinates; I know I'll come away have enjoyed a stimukating and friendly few days.
Philip Sidney

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Why: 1) To get to know everyone better (i.e. socialize around the common interest)
2) To hear interesting talks on aspects of Antarctic exploration and books.
Take-away: Friendships established and deepend (as e.g. with the Stams at SP#1)
Rick Dehmel

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Antarctic career started over 50 years ago and has included Director of the South Georgia Whaling Museum. So my main interests are the history of South Georgia, especially whaling and sealing, and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. I have written small books/booklets on the history of British Antarctic Territory, Port Lockroy, Shackleton at South Georgia and the Maritime History of South Georgia. I am trying to set up field projects surveying the hulk Louise at Grytviken and the sealers' site at Elsehul, South Georgia, and I have been investigating the subject of whether Shackleton would have got across Antarctica if he had managed to land at Vahsel Bay. From the examination of primary sources, this has led me into the subject of the making of myths: what was written at the time versus what is popularly believed now. "When, however, great men pass from history into legend, as has Shackleton, myths get mixed with facts, and the biographer may have difficulty in disentangling them." Sir Gerald Eliot. Managing Director, Salvesens.
I have an artefact which I believe came from the Terra Nova Expedition on which I would like opinions.
I have also been pondering why look-out barrels were secured behind the mast rather than in front of it.
Bob Burton

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: Why are you attending? 1) To meet with Falcon Scott and the Shackletons. My father, Robert Pope, Sr., was one of the first Americans to land at Cape Evans and Hut Point. I would like to show them the pictures I have of this event. Also to expose my daughters to people involved in the history of Antarctica. They are the next generation to carry this on. 2) To show pictures and talk about my Dad's experience with Operation Highjump and Windmill.
Robert Pope, Jr.

From the 'Something About You' on the Registration blank: "Discovery descendant (granddaughter of Reginald Skelton) who only got switched on to the Antarctic on reading Sara Wheeler's Terra Incognita in 1997. Since then I've been to Antarctica twice (Ross Sea in 1999 & Snow Hill Island in 2006 + SubAntarctic, South Georgia & Falkands 2009 and French Islands of Le Crozet, Kerguelen, St Paul & Amsterdam 2011) and have been involved in the production of three books Discovery Illustrated, The Antarctic Journals of Reginald Skelton and—just published—Scott and Charcot at the col du Lautaret. I'm a member of the Friends of SPRI (Treasurer), James Caird Society, South Georgia Association and Falklands Conservation."
I can certainly bring a copy of each of the books (and probably more of the latest one, as that is both new and much lighter than the first two, which most attendees probably already have, but can order from me if not).
Judy Skelton

Thanks. Will be filling in my form and registering.
Janice Tipping

Good news! I have just transferred £200 to the Scottish bank account to register Jackie and me.
Registration form will follow by post.
Bob Burton

Still not sure. I have to make a trip to Marlborough (Wilts.) next year and would have to tie those two trips together, as I don't own an airline.
Art Ford

I would have signed on in a sec as I knew that I was going to be in the UK in May. Looking at my calendar, unfortunately, I will be leading an expedition in the Azores during those dates. Drat. Keep me on the list for next time.
Shirley Metz

Kirsti and I are very tempted but have to say that at this time we cannot commit. Please don't rule us out yet however—we would however love to be kept in the loop in the meantime!
Paul Chaplin (and Kirsti Paulsen)

That looks very interesting indeed. I'll be discussing that tonight and I suspect we will enrol and take a chance on health, etc.
Pat Quilty

Exciting!!!! Suzy and I WILL attend! Thank you so much for including us on the list (well, me at least!)
I will send you registration form tomorrow.
Rick Dehmel

Thanks for this. Very tempting.
Margot Morrell

I would like to propose a talk on "What the whalers really told Shackleton: how reality is lost in myth"(Or something like that). There is a small industry of correcting Huntford on Scott (e.g. Karen May); for Shackleton, you can see how a game of Chinese whispers is compounding errors as they pass from one author to another and each one seeks to make the story more dramatic.
I can offer a humorous after-dinner talk: "The Strange and Awful History of Scurvy". It goes down well as a recap on cruises and at local groups.
Bob Burton