The Shackleton Committee, Athy has the pleasure of presenting the 23rd Annual Shackleton Autumn School
|Friday 20/10/23 – Sunday 22/10/23
|Speakers and events. (Subject to change)
|Autumn School artist in residence
|Shackleton Autumn School 2023 Artist-in-Residence
|High Latitude HiTech
UK Antarctic Heritage Trust Virtual Reality Experience
|Immersive Antarctica (IA) brings together technology, storytelling, archival records and data collected from UKAHT bases to make Antarctica accessible in new ways. People will be able to experience bases – 9,000 miles away and 80 years ago! Click for more information
|Arts and crafts, food, books – all with a Polar theme.
|Curated by Hugh Turner/ Shackleton Autumn School
‘Retraced – The Worst Journey in the World’ : an exhibition comprising never before displayed items relating to Apsley Cherry Garrard. 2023 marks the 101st anniversary of the publication of the ‘The Worst Journey in the World’, which recounts a journey that was a tumultuous ‘coming of age’ for its author and the heroic era of polar exploration.
For more information on ‘The Worst Journey in the World’, click here.
|Curated by the Shackleton Museum
|ShArtifacts : insights into Ernest Shackleton and his family, through items normally displayed in the Shackleton Museum. As the museum is closed for renovation, this is a unique opportunity to see these items from its collection.
|Friday 20th October
Masterclasses – in conjunction with Athy schools and teachers
|15:00 – 15:45
|Art workshop with Athy Sing & Sign Group (confined event)
|15:30 – 17:00
Parallel sessions of informal debates on polar related topics. Chaired by your favourite polar experts. All welcome to join in.
Session 1 : The Shackleton Family [Jonathan Shackleton, Michael Rosove]
Session 2: “Was Shackleton lucky?” [Bob Headland, Kevin Kenny]
|Formal opening of 23rd Shackleton Autumn School.
|Saturday 21st October
Airborne in Antarctica
What are the challenges, thrills and spills of piloting a plane in Antarctica? With a career as a pilot in a wide range of settings including seven seasons with the British Antarctic Survey, Doug is well positioned to talk us through the ups and downs of taking to the Antarctic skies.
|Synnøve Marie Kvam Strømsvag
Inspiring Explorers – how explorers have inspired others to break barriers small and large
Over 100 years ago a young boy wrote a letter to the King of England to asking to convince Shackleton to bring him on the upcoming Quest expedition. With this as the starting point, this talk will focus on what it is about explorers that inspires people to make changes, take initiative, grasp opportunities, and take chances. With personal reflections, stories and examples from several individuals, this talk will ‘explore’ what it is that explorers can bring to others, beyond scientific results. Synnøve will also will also give a sneak peak into methods for uncovering information about individuals long gone, and how more readily available archives and documents can shed light on personal lives of the past.
|Reflections Upon the Centenary of Hugh Robert Mill’s The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton
|“Difficulties are just things to be overcome after all – Shackleton’s time in Scotland”
|Vindicating Cherry, my Curmudgeonly Uncle
|Lots of interesting topics in a ‘5 slides in 5 minutes’ format presented by energetic, enthusiastic speakers. The most informative, imaginative and entertaining contribution gets the Bob Burton memorial trophy.
|Shackleton Autumn School Dinner
|Sunday 22nd October
|The Shoemaker’s Child : Alexander Macklin and the shaping of Shackleton’s expedition narratives
|The Development of Polar Clothing & Equipment
The Endurance: conception, construction, destruction and reconstruction.
Drawing on research conducted on ‘Endurance’ pre and post its rediscovery in March 2022 by the Endurance22 expedition, Mensun, who was director of exploration on that expedition and who has a track record of marine vessel investigations will take us through the ship, its strengths, areas of vulnerability, and how conditions combined to take down what was reputed to be one of the strongest wooden ships ever built. Expect lots of exciting new information to surface.
|Afternoon, 15:00 – 17:30
Various parallel events (times to be announced on the day). Some events are limited in number, first come basis.
|Music / Drama
South, Always South
Originating from “Shackleton’s Endurance”, a work specially commissioned by the Shackleton Museum in 2014 to mark the centenary of the “Endurance Expedition”, see the epic story that unfolded recounted through narrative and music. A moving and emotional experience.
|SHACKLETON FRINGE EVENTS
YouthINK is an organisation with strong connections to South County Kildare. It aims to to encourage writing, storytelling, and self-expression in teenagers. For the Shackleton Autumn School, YouthINK has remained close to its base in Kilkea Castle to dramatise a Shackleton related story – that of the 22 who remained behind on Elephant Island. The YouthINK performance ‘Shelter from the Storm’ will take place in the intimate surroundings of Kilkea Church on Sunday 22nd October, 17:00.
Medbh Gillard, ‘Endurance Drawings’ exhibition, Athy Community Arts Centre.
21st October – 3rd November.
‘Endurance Drawings’ is a thought-provoking series depicting the individuals who were part of Shackleton’s trans-Antarctic expedition. The artist used archive photographs as reference material. Although some of the crew had their contributions publicly recognised, delivered lectures and published books about their experiences, others were killed during WWI or faded into relative obscurity. This collection represents a subtle act of repatriation and remembrance.