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: 4 December 2014.Accessed at least times since 17 April 2007.
SHACKLETON ENDURANCE EXHIBITION
Ferry Terminal, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Exhibition open every day. Admission."The exhibition tells a survival story like no other: Irish-born explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917. Today it's rightly seen as perhaps the most remarkable in exploration history: a tale of extraordinary leadership—of the triumph of the human heart and spirit when faced with the most terrible odds. But it was years before its true significance emerged.
Relive this true life story at the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dun Laoghaire. On display are over 150 photographs taken by the Expedition photographer Frank Hurley, a full size exact replica of the James Caird; the lifeboat that proved so critical to the rescue, and much, much more. After visiting the exhibition, you'll understand that it truly was a 'Triumph against all odds'."
See: http://www.shackletonexhibition.com/ (24 November 2013)
THE CROSSING OF ANTARCTICA
Monday, 12 January 2015, 6:30pm, Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, London.
Talk by Huw Lewis-Jones. "Historian and polar guide Huw explores the epic first crossing of Antarctica in 1958. Led by Vivian Fuchs and Ed Hillary, this great expedition finally fulfilled Shackleton's dream." Supper available after this lecture. RGS-IBG members + one guest.
"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: 43
For more information go to: http://www.antarctic-circle.org/gathering2.htm
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, CENTENARY LUNCH
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.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY MEMORIAL SERVICE
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.
JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY, AGM, MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE
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.