The Shackleton Autumn School regrets to advise that the 2020 Autumn School which would have been our 20th has been cancelled.

Foremost in our minds was the health and welfare of all our attendees in light of the Covid Pandemic. The year will not pass unmarkeds because as Shackleton might say we have ‘wrenched opportunity from adversity’.

The Autumn School will host a new online event called ‘Virtually Shackleton’ over the October Bank Holiday Weekend in which we will bring to you all the excitement, drama, spills and thrills of polar exploration.


Further details will be released in August. Watch this space!’

One feels ‘the dearth of human words, the roughness of mortal speech’ in trying to describe things intangible.”

– Ernest Shackleton.

A  Podcast Series


Dr. Juliana Adelman, Assistant Professor of History at Dublin City University, has combined with the Shackleton Committee in Athy, Co; Kildare to produce a series of short podcasts which relate  Shackleton’s experiences to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.


For more information about the Podcast and were the series is available for download please follow this link. 


The full series is now available.




  • For more information contact the Athy Heritage Centre-Shackleton Museum at the address or email below.
  • Enquiries: contact Margaret Walsh at: 00353 59 8633075
  • Athy Heritage Centre-Shackleton Museum, Town Hall, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare.


Temporary Covid-19 Opening Hours

We are advising visitors to book in advance to save disappointment you can do so by

Phone: 059 8633075


or through Eventbrite

Tour Booking Timeslots:

  • Wednesday-Friday
  • 10:00 am- 11:00 am &
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm &
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Bookings Timeslots Through Eventbrite
  • Thursday
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Weekends
  • Available on request


  • Adults €5.00
  • Students/Senior Citizens: €3.00
  • Child €3.00
  • Family Ticket €12.00