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 ten gatherings excerpted from trip reports on my personal webpage.

Last updated: 15 March 2018.

Accessed at least many times since 17 April 2007.

Events associated with the centenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition 2014-2016
Current & Continuing Antarctic Events
Upcoming Antarctic Events

Events associated with the centenary of Shackleton's Endurance expedition 2014-2016:

[Numerous events, mostly in the UK, are being proposed and planned during 2014-2016 to commemorate Shackleton's Endurance Expedition. The
Shackleton 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.]

Current & Continuing Antarctic Events:

Upcoming Antarctic Events:


January 25 - March 31, 2018. UNH Museum (Dimond Library) and the UNH Museum of Art (Paul Creative Arts Center), University of New Hampshire, Durham. NH.

Exhibits and presentations at two locations. TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: NEW HAMPSHIRE'S CONNECTION TO POLAR EXPLORATION and RESEARCH Full details UNH Museum     LONG EYE: Full details UNH Museum of Art

Click here for additional information
and here, too

Click here for some photos of the exhibit at the Museum.

Click here for a pdf of the talk I gave, ostensibly on Some Antarctic Explorers and their Books, on February 15, 2018.


April 27 -August 28, 2018. Cost of admission: £14.

The UKAHT recently e-mailed:

'We are delighted to be partnering with the British Library to bring a very special exhibition exploring the voyages of Captain James Cook. This landmark exhibition marks 250 years since Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth and tells the story of Cook's three great voyages through original documents, many of which were products by the artists, scientists and seamen on board the ship. Cook's journal detailing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, handwritten log books, stunning artwork and intricate maps chart the voyages, which spanned more than a decade and explore the experiences of people on the ship and in the places visited.

As a Friend of Antarctica we have great pleasure in inviting you and one guest to a special private view of the exhibition, exclusive to UKAHT. The private view on Thursday 10th May 2018, at 6.30pm will give you a unique opportunity to view the exhibition and meet the curators of the show. The evening will include refreshments and both British Library and UKAHT staff will be on hand to answer questions. If you would like to join us for this special occasion please click here. Or contact us at or 01223 355049.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 27th April to the 28th August and there will be a programme of events to accompany the show including some with an Antarctic theme organised in collaboration with UKAHT. Please visit our website for more details,

I hope very much you will be able to join me, UKAHT's Trustees and other members of the UKAHT team for this very special evening.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Rushby
United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust'

Presumably members of the UKAHT can attend this. Best to contact the Trust at or 01223 355049.

The exhibit itself runs from April 27th to August 28, 2018. Cost of admission: £14.

There are several Talks and Discussions planned. The one most relevant to the Antarctic

WHAT DOES THE ANTARCTIC MEAN? Wednesday May 9, 7pm. The world's most important natural laboratory? A fragile wilderness in need of protection? A place of strategic geopolitical importance? A major tourist destination?
A place of great beauty and wonder and the world's last great wilderness, Antarctica has fired the public imagination for generations. But what is it about the Antarctic that matters so much?

Jane Francis (Director of the British Antarctic Survey), Damon Stanwell-Smith (Executive Director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators), Jane Rumble (Head of the Polar Regions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway University of London) discuss why the Antarctic is so important to us today and what the future might be for the great white continent.

Jane Francis is Director of the British Antarctic Survey, based in Cambridge. A geologist by training from the University of Southampton, she was a NERC Postdoctoral Fellow in London, palaeobotanist at the British Antarctic Survey, Australian Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Palaeoclimatology at the University of Leeds, where she was also Dean of the Faculty of Environment. Her research interests include ancient climates and fossil plants from the Arctic and Antarctica, used to decipher ancient polar climates of the past. She was awarded the Polar Medal for her contribution to British polar research and was appointed as Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George for services to UK polar science and diplomacy.

Jane Rumble has been Head of Polar Regions Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since January 2007, previously having spent 3 and a half years as Deputy Head. She started her civil service career in the Department of Environment, where she undertook a range of environmental and corporate policy roles, including on health and safety and genetically modified crops. In 2000, Jane moved to the cross-Whitehall Teenage Pregnancy Unit, as a local government and environmental adviser, taking on a broader spectrum of public health policy responsibilities as the Unit merged into the Department of Health. A geographer by background, she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She merged her environmental and social policy interests in joining FCO to work on polar policy in 2003. She is the fourth Head of the FCO's polar brief since 1943.

Damon Stanwell-Smith is the executive director of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), a membership organisation that works with over 95% of the private-sector entities who organise expeditionary and cruise tourism in the Antarctic / Southern Ocean. IAATO's mission is to ensure that all their members' operations are undertaken in as safe and environmentally responsible manner as possible, which includes coordinating the itineraries of all member vessels and working closely with both Antarctic Treaty Parties and National Antarctic Programmes. Prior to his IAATO appointment, Damon had a 25 year marine biology career, completing a PhD with the British Antarctic Survey, before working variously at an International NGO, private sector consultancies and six years at the UN-Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he led their marine programme.

Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is author of a number of books with the latest being Ice: Nature and Culture (Reaktion/University of Chicago Press 2018).

Presented in association with the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Full Price: £12.00
Member: £12.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £8.00
Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
Friend of the British Library: £12.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546


Wednesday, 6 June 2018. Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth. Web:

Sponsor: Devon and Cornwall Polar Society

Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Captain Scott's Birth in Plymouth.


0930 Coach from Duke of Cornwall hotel to St Bartholomew's Church, Milehouse (site of Scott's birthplace)
1000 Church service to commemorate life of Captain Scott
1130 Coach to National Scott Memorial at Mount Wise
1200 Wreath laying ceremony Mount Wise
1230 Coach to Duke of Cornwall
1300 Buffet Lunch - Duke of Cornwall
1400 Talk by David Crane on Captain Scott
1500 Tea/coffee
1530 Talk by Lloyd Peck on Science in Antarctica
1630 Close
1830 Music by Edwardian trio in bar
1930 Gala dinner with guest speaker - Falcon Scott
Booking: Download the Booking Form for the events on 6 June 2018 here. For further details please contact the Vice Chairman and Secretary of DCPS Julie Ellis: 01752 767753.

For details of community and school activities planned from 2-9 June 2018 contact: Fr Richard Silk at St Bartholomews and St Marks Church, Outlands Road, Plymouth, PL2 3BZ
Tel: 01752 518030

Note: St Bartholomews Church was built in 1958 on the site of Outlands House, the boyhood home of Robert Falcon Scott.