Included here are notices of exhibits, lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest. Current and closest to the present usually listed first. Go to PAST EVENTS for those that have already happened.

The best polar gathering of the year is the Shackleton Autumn School, held each October in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Have a look at photos and commentary on the past seven gatherings excerpted from trip reports on my personal webpage.

Last updated: 25 July 2014.

Accessed at least many times since 17 April 2007.

Events associated with the centenary of Scott's Terra Nova expedition 2010-2012
Current & Continuing Antarctic Events
Upcoming Antarctic Events

Events associated with the centenary of Scott's Terra Nova expedition 2010-2012:

[Numerous events, mostly in the UK, are being proposed and planned during 2010-2012 to commemorate Scott's Last Expedition. The
Scott 100 website has now been launched that will act as a central information clearinghouse for these events and once up, much of the information will be duplicated here or possibly just a link will be included.] This site will continue on as the Scott Centenary comes to a close. Next up: Shackleton and his Endurance expedition.

Current & Continuing Antarctic Events:


Ferry Terminal, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Exhibition open every day. Admission. Exhibition runs through September 2014.

"The exhibition tells a survival story like no other: Irish-born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917. Today it's rightly seen as perhaps the most remarkable in exploration history: a tale of extraordinary leadership—of the triumph of the human heart and spirit when faced with the most terrible odds. But it was years before its true significance emerged.
Relive this true life story at the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dn Laoghaire. On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much, much more. After visiting the exhibition, you'll understand that it truly was a 'Triumph against all odds'."

(24 November 2013)

Upcoming Antarctic Events:


7 & 8 August 2014, Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth (where Shackleton stayed before departing on Endurance) ( Centenary Dinner to commemorate the departure of the Endurance from Plymouth. Other activities are planned—lectures (by Michael Smith, Bob Burton, Wilson McOrist and Seb Coulthard), plays, films and a plaque unveiling on Millbay Dock. This event is supported by the James Caird Society and the Antarctic 100 group
More information will be forthcoming from Paul Davies and the Devon & Cornwall Polar Society.

Click here for the Final Programme.


27 September to 12 October 2014
Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Each of the three weekends of the festival will focus on a different aspect of Antarctica Industry and International Relations (including the Antarctic Season Opening celebrations), Adventure and Heritage and Art and Culture. Integral to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, the Science and Environment programme will run right through the festival."

For more see

(25 July 2014)


Friday-Monday, 24-27 October 2014, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Exhibition: To be determined

Film: To be determined

Michael Smith: Shackleton

Huw Lewis Jones: Crossing of Antarctica

Rourke Bryan: Antarctica Then and Now: A Continent Tamed?

P. J Capelotti : Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh Smith, England's Forgotten Arctic Explorer

Dr Rip Bulkeley Bellingshausen and the Russian Antarctic Expedition, 1819-1821

Dr C. L. Devlin: On the Natural History of Arctic Fauna: A Correspondence between James Lamont and Charles Darwin, 1860 to 1871

Dr Bernard Stonehouse: Emperors and kings: tales of an Antarctic biologist

Jim Mayer: Shackleton—A Life in Poetry
For more information go to

From November 2014
A play about McNish by Gale Louw, performed at various venues in Southeast England.


Friday, 7 November 2014, 5:30pm (AGM), followed at 6pm by a talk by Kelly Tyler-Lewis author of The Lost Men, followed by Dinner, Great Hall. Dulwich College, London.

SOUTHPOLE-sium v.2

"For those who collect, write, publish, buy, sell & love books relating to Antarctica and the South Polar Regions."
Scheduled for 1-4 May 2015 in and around Craobh Haven, Argyll, Scotland.
Organized by The Antarctic Circle, Robert Stephenson and Falcon Scott.
Registration begins 30 June 2014.
Paid-up registration to date: 26
For more information go to:


Saturday, 9 May 2015, aboard HQS Wellington, Livery Hall of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, London.
Lunch and lecture, taking the place of the usual May dinner at Dulwich College. Celebrating the 21st birthday of the Society.


A memorial service associated with the cenetenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition is being planned for Westminster Abbey on 20 May 2016, followed by a reception at the Institute of Engineers.


"The Australasian Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson marked the first Australasian temporary occupation of Antarctica.
Mawson's expedition returned to South Australia on 26 February 1914 with great fanfare. Now, one hundred years later, and with several more narratives available, the expedition is being re-examined.
This day-long symposium will focus on what has been omitted, forgotten, not well told or distorted.
Internationally renowned speakers include controversial historian David Day, author Meredith Hooper (2014 Australian of the Year in the UK), explorer Professor Chris Turney (recently returned to Australia from the 2013-2014 Australasian Antarctic Expedition), academic Elle Leane and environmental scientist Pat Quilty, along with descendants of expeditioners Sir Douglas Mawson and Cecil Thomas Madigan. Themes covered will include Aurora, Macquarie Island, science, main base, the recently published diaries of Mawson's Adelaide University colleague Cecil Madigan, and the scientific and cultural legacies of this historic journey.
The symposium will be opened by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia. Sessions will run all day with breaks for lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, and followed by a cocktail reception to toast the centenary of the expedition's return."

Date: Wednesday 26 February 2014
Time: 9am–6pm
Venue: Mawson Laboratories, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide Price: $125 Adults, $75 students/concession.
Enquiries: Mr Peter Burdon (08) 8313 4002
9am Prof. Bob Hill, University of Adelaide Introduction
9.15–9.45am Professor Martin Hand AAE Science Today
9.45–10.15am Dr John Ainsworth The Macquarie Island Wireless and Weather Station, 1911–1915
10.15–10.45am Mark Pharaoh Sealers, Wekas and Other Kiwi Influences on the AAE at Macquarie Island: Overlooking the New Zealand Contribution, 1911–14
10.45–11am His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia Official Symposium Opening
11–11.30am Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions
11.30am–12pm H.J.G. Dartnall The Aurora's crew 1911–1914
11.30am–12pm Pat Quilty Unfinished business: AAE science is still active

12–12.30pm Dr Elizabeth Leane High-Latitude Lassitude: Laziness and Leisure in the AAE
12–12.30pm Dr Andrew Atkin From Southern Cross to Aurora: a brief history of advances in Antarctic terrestrial magnetic research, 1898–1914

12.30–1pm Emma McEwin Penguins on Horseback and Douglas Mawson's Iron Gut
12.30–1pm Meredith Hooper Playing the Game

1–2pm Lunch

2–2.30pm Heather Rossiter The Publication of C.T. Madigan's diary: Madigan's Account, the Mawson Expedition
2.30–3pm Dr David Day Countdown to Disaster: A discussion of the complex factors that caused the death of Xavier Mertz
3–3.30pm Jenny Hunter Chevalier de Tintail: Reflections on the life of John George Hunter and his contribution to the AAE
3.30–4pm Afternoon Tea
4–4.30pm Dr Anna Lucas Captain John King Davis, bringing Mawson and the team home
4.30–5pm Dr Bernadette Hince Antarctic Welcome Home Dinners
5–5.30pm Professor Chris Turney Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013–2014
Additional information at:

(9 February 2014)


Friday, 6 November 2015, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.
Speaker to be determined. Also the official moving of the James Caird to the new Science Building at Dulwich College.