The board of a famed Oslo Museum will meet for the first time outside Norway in Co Kildare at this weekend.
Directors of The Fram Museum, which is tells the story of polar exploration, will meet at the 18th annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School, which takes place at the Athy Heritage Centre Museum from Friday to Monday.
The Autumn School, which will be opened by the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency, Else Berit Eikeland, commemorates the achievements of Kilkea-born 20th century explorer Shackleton.
Shackleton’s 1914-16 endurance expedition to the Antarctic is regarded as one of the epic stories of human survival.
The Autumn School will feature lectures and tours centred on the life and achievements of Shackleton, an exhibition, film show, sculpture class, and the launch of, ‘The Spectral Arctic: A History of Ghosts and Dreams in Polar Exploration’, a book by Shane McCorristine.
The Ernest Shackleton Autumn School is a project of Athy Heritage Centre Museum, supported by Kildare Tourism.
“We hope the experiences of the board of the famous Fram Museum will serve as a calling card for Kildare,” said Aine Mangan, CEO, Kildare Fáilte.
“We are very conscious of the role that the memory and achievements of Ernest Shackleton can play in developing the visitor offering in Kildare.
“Also, our county offers wonderful opportunities for corporate gatherings such as these, and we hope that this will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship with the Fram Museum.
“We are grateful that the Board of the Fram Museum are travelling to spend time commemorating Shackleton and exploring and enjoying a wealth of Kildare experiences.”