Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton, the great polar explorer, was born at Kilkea House, near Athy, County Kildare in 1874. Coming from an Anglo-Irish background with a strong Quaker heritage he is renowned for his courage, extraordinary leadership skills and his contribution to geographical discovery during the era of Antarctic exploration in the early years of the 20th Century.

Ernest Shackleton joined Captain Scott’s Discovery expedition 1901 – 1904 and went on to lead three of his own expeditions to the Antarctic. The Endurance 1914 – 1916 expedition has become one of the greatest epics of human survival. While Shackleton did not achieve his ambition to cross the Antarctic he has become famous for his triumphs of honesty and humanitarianism. He died in 1922 in South Georgia, on his fourth expedition to the Antarctic in the ship named Quest.

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Shackleton. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from his Antarctic expeditions, a 15-foot model of Shackleton’s ship Endurance, an exhibition of unique Shackleton family photographs and an audio visual display featuring Frank Hurley’s original film footage of the Endurance expedition. The Shackleton Autumn School was established to commemorate the explorer in the county of his birth. It provides a forum for the discussion of polar exploration and the presentation of artistic work relevant to Shackleton and polar exploration.

Ernest Shackleton Autumn School

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Shackleton News

19th Annual Shackleton Autumn School

19th Shackleton Autumn School

Lectures – Exhibitions – Film – Drama – Dinner – Excursion

October Bank Holiday Weekend

Friday 25th – Monday 28th October 2019

For information and booking contact:

Athy Heritage Centre – Shackleton Museum

Town Hall, Emily Square, Athy, Co. Kildare

Tel: 059 – 8633075

Email: athyheritage@eircom.net


Easter Family Fun Athy Heritage Centre Shackleton Museum Treasure Hunt

Fun activity – locate the clues to win a certificate

Running from Monday 15th April until Thursday 18th April   

Only €5.00  for a Family —  a treat not to be missed

Last Entry 4.00 p.m.   Note: Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Selfies With Shackleton

Students from Ardscoil na Trionoide with their tour guide Jack in front of the Shackleton statue.

Record Student Visitors !!!!!

Over A Thousand Students Have Visited The Exploring Shackleton Exhibition. Be Sure To Get Your School Booked In Before The Exhibit Leaves On The 1st March 2019.


Churchtown N.S visiting the Exploring Shackleton Exhibition with their model of the museum on the 4th of Feb

Church NS on their second visit on the 5th of Feb
Churchtown NS leaving their tour

Exploring Shackleton Exhibition Drawing In The Visitors

Our Exploring Shackleton Exhibition, running until March 1st 2019 is a major attraction to schools, tour groups and individuals. Be sure to visit before this amazing exhibition returns to Norway.