PAST ANTARCTIC EVENTS - 2017 and 2018.

Included here are notices of lectures, conferences and other gatherings or events of Antarctic interest that appeared in 2017 and 2018 in 'Antarctic Events' but are now history.

Last updated: 26 September 2017.

INDEX OF EVENTS (Most recent first):

A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of William Lashly 9 September 2017. Discovery, Dundee.
SouthPole-sium v.3 12-14 May 2017. Oslo, Norway.
James Caird Society 5 May 2017. Dulwich College, London.
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me 14 April - 11 June 2017. Tony Kiser Theatre, New York.
The Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration - A Conference 24-26 March 2017. Auckland, NZ.
The Ross Sea Party Joe O'Farrell. 9 March 2017. School of Natural and Built Environment, Belfast.
Songs of the Morning 5 March 2017. Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Shackleton 28 February - 11 March 2017. Blue Raincoat Theatre, Dublin.


Saturday, 9 September 2017, 2-7pm. Discovery Point, Dundee, Scotland.

A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of William Lashly
This half-day event will explore William's life through his letters, diaries, and the writings of other explorers on Captain Scott's expeditions. It has been arranged in partnership with the Dundee Heritage Trust and Discovery Point. Dundee is where the RRS Discovery, on which William sailed with Captain Scott on his first expedition, was built and, in recent years, fully restored.

The day will include a presentation based on several years of research, including William's letters and Antarctic diaries, by George and Valerie Skinner, authors of The Life and Adventures of William Lashly.

There will also be an opportunity to see and learn about original artefacts held by the Dundee Heritage Trust relating to William including his kit bag and the inscribed Book of Prayer he gave to his wife-to-be, Alice Cox.

Time has been built into the event to allow participants to explore the Discovery Point's award-winning, family- friendly exhibition centre about polar exploration. If you are a relative of William Lashly there will be plenty of opportunities to meet up with other family members.

There will be a full guided tour of the ship, when it will be possible to see where William plied his trade as stoker for 10 months at sea on the round trip to the Antarctic, and where he lived with the other expedition members for two years, locked in the Antarctic ice. The afternoon will finish with a private drinks and canapˇ reception on the deck of the Discovery.

The charge for attendance at the half day event is £30. This includes the presentations, entrance and full access to the award-winning Discovery Point Exhibition Centre, a private drinks reception and guided tour of the ship, and a signed copy of the new, revised edition of The Life and Adventures of William Lashly.

For those wishing to stay overnight there are several hotels within walking distance of the venue.


2.00 Welcome

2.15 Stoker William Lashly. Illustrated talk by George and Valerie Skinner, authors of i>The Life and Adventures of William Lashly.

3.15 Questions and discussion

3.30 Discovery Point and its resources with particular reference to William Lashly. Louisa Attaheri, Curator, Dundee Heritage Trust.

4.00 Free for viewing William Lashly display and individual visits to the Centre exhibitions.

5.30 Guided Tour of RRS Discovery.

6.30 Private Reception, with drinks and canapés on the deck of RRS Discovery.

7.00 Close

Contributors: Valerie Skinner, who is William Lashly's first cousin (3 times removed) was a Primary School Headteacher. Her husband, George, was a researcher and teacher at the University of Manchester. Both have visited the Antarctic and in retirement have been researching the life of William through his letters, diaries and other historical records. They run a website about him and give talks to schools and groups.

Louisa Attaheri is Curator for the Dundee Heritage Trust's collection and has a particular interest in the contributions made by the ordinary crew members of Scott's expeditions.

G Skinner William Lashly Celebration,
The Rowans,
3 Church Street,
Belmont Village,
Bolton, BL7 8AB.

William Lashly was born into a Hambledon farming family on Christmas Day, 1867. At the age of 21, he decided to join the Royal Navy as a stoker. He was an exemplary seaman and in June 1901 was invited to join the crew of the Discovery for Captain Scott's first expedition to Antarctica. He proved to be a strong and courageous Antarctic explorer and on one occasion was responsible for saving Captain Scott's life. When in 1910 Captain Scott set sail on the Terra Nova for his second Antarctic expedition he took William with him. In October Scott set off to try to get to the South Pole. William was part of his support team and was the last person to see Scott and his four companions alive when they made their final attempt to reach the pole. During their return journey to Base Camp, William and Tom Crean risked their lives to save their leader Lt. Evans, for which act of bravery they were awarded the Albert Medal by George V on their return to Britain.

Further information about William Lashly may be found at our William Lashly, Antarctic Explorer website:

SOUTHPOLE-sium v.3

Friday-Sunday, 12-14 May 2017, Oslo, Norway. See the webpage on this site.


Friday, 5 May 2017, 6pm, Great Hall, Dulwich College, London.


14 April - 11 June 2017. Tony Kiser Theatre at Second Stage, 305 W. 43rd Street (between 8th and 9th), New York, NY. Tuesday - Sunday. Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday. Tickets: 866-811-4111. Web:

"ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME is the epic musical adventure starring GrooveLily's fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12), and the courageous and charismatic Wade McCollum (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). This innovative, high-tech adventure tells the story of a sleep-deprived single mom who struggles to work as a video game music composer. Unexpectedly, she is contacted across time by the famous polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by her music, he shares his epic Antarctic journey with her in video and song. Against all odds, they discover that their greatest inspiration lies within each other.

Directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson and written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis), with music composed by Brendan Milburn and lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME features production design by Alexander V. Nichols (Nice Work If You Can Get It), costume design by Chelsea Cook and sound design and original compositions by Tony Award winner Rob Kaplowitz (Fela!). ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVE ME was originally co-commissioned by Theatre Works and La Jolla Playhouse."

I saw this when it played at the Paramount in Boston in 2015. Lots of fun!
—R. Stephenson


Friday 24 - Sunday 26 March 2017, National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Torpedo Bat, Devonport, Auckland, NZ.
    Friday evening: Cocktail party.
    Saturday: 9am-4pm. Conference Sessons. 4-6 Social Gathering, Navy Wardroom.
    Sunday: 10am. Commemorative Service, Navy Chapel, followed by tour of the Devonport Navy Base. Afternoon: Conference Sessions and final Social Gathering at Navy Museum.
    Cost: NZ$150.
    Registration: Download form from


Thursday, 9 March 2017. 7pm for 7:30-9pm. School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast BT7 1NN. Sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society of Northern Ireland. Free but e-mail to book:
"Tasked with laying supply depots for Shackleton moving towards them, the party was unaware that Endurance had been crushed in sea ice. The depots were set up in spite of many setbacks, including the loss of their ship."


Sunday, 5 March 2017. Lunch at 1pm. Tickets: £15 from Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, 1 Windsor Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO15 3HX
Soloist: Matthew Pollard, Rector of Bridlington Priory. Pianist: Katie Colbrook. "These are the original songs composed by the members of the crew of the 'SY Mlorning' captained by RYYC member William Colbeck. 'Morning' was sent to the Antarctic to rescue [sic] Scott's 1901-1904 'Discovery' expedition."


Tuesday, 28 February - Saturday, 11 March 2017. Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Tickets: €16-20.
"The Blue Raincoat Theatre Company will bring their Sligo sell-out production 'Shackleton' to Dublin next week for 14 performances. I'm particularly excited by the production and am hoping that Dublin will be a sell out for them too—2,800 seats to be sold! Last Saturday's Irish Times front page included an image from the play.
They are giving us a 20% discount on tickets purchased on or before next Tuesday 28th February.
The show then moves on to Scotland and hopefully we might be in a position to host it locally in County Kildare at some stage."
—From an e-mail sent by Brian O'Gorman, 25 February 2017

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