Month: January 2019

BBC 20th Century Icon Explorer Winner Ernest Shackleton

BBC 20th Century Icon Explorer Winner Ernest Shackleton

The BBC ICONS competition asked you  to assess the achievements of the 20th century’s most important and influential figures – men and women who helped shape our world today.

Ernest Shackleton was awarded the prize of Explorers Icon. Explorers described by BBC ‘ pushed the boundaries of what was possible on… and off planet earth’. BBC goes on to describe what they define as an explorer. BBC describes that in an ‘age of smartphones and Sat Navs the idea that parts of the world could go uncharted seems mind-blowing.’ That yet, during the 20th century we were still on a mission to explore, map and learn all we could about our world and explorers such as Ernest Shackleton inspired the quest for more knowledge by pushing boundary and  charting expanses of land and ice – exploration in the last century didn’t just push at the hardest physical frontiers. The 2oth Century helped introduce scientific, cultural and environmental revelations that changed humanity’s understanding of the planet it calls home. Fellow explorers in this categorise shared this passion  for discovery, a massive capacity for endurance and an awe-inspiring sense of curiosity, these four icons of exploration were much more than flag-planting swashbucklers, they helped us realise how much of our planet truly had left to be explored.

Ernest Shackleton 

Lived: 1874-1922Born: Kilkea, Ireland

Known for: Polar explorer and pioneer. Led the famous ‘Endurance’ expedition. Shackleton had a reputation as an
adventurer and man to get you out of jam, Ernest Shackleton escaped after being stranded in Antarctica

“By Endurance we Conquer”


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Exploring Shackleton Exhibition


Exploring Shackleton Exhibition

Running until March 1st 2019

This amazing two floor picturesque exhibition celebrates the 2014-2017, Centenary of Ernest H. Shackleton’s Imperial Tran-Antarctic Expedition. The anniversary will be celebrated through a number of new expeditions, exhibition’s, publications and documentaries. The exhibition is on loan to the Athy Heritage Centre, Shackleton museum in Athy from the world famous Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway, will use the centenary to present a broader story of Shackleton, the much-admired Antarctic explorer, in a special exhibition at the museum and in this accompanying book.

In the exhibition you can read about all of Shackleton’s Antarctic expeditions, in addition to his personal life; his voyage on Discovery with Robert F. Scott and Edward Wilson, the successful Nimrod Expedition, the Endurance Expedition and his often-forgotten Ross Sea Party and finally his death during his 1922 voyage on the Quest. The story of Shackleton’s life is fully illustrated with more than three hundred photos and maps from many of the Shackleton archives around the world.