Shackleton Autumn School 2019: Weekend Events

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FRIDAY 25th October

‘A Master Class with a Master Sculptor’ Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

10.00am Sculptor Mark Richards, who created Athy’s acclaimed Shackleton statue, will conduct a workshop with Leaving Certificate Art students from Coláiste Lorcáin, Castledermot and Ardscoil Na Trionóide, Athy.

Official Opening & Exhibition Launch

7.30pm Performed by Frank Taaffe, Chairman Shackleton Museum.

Book Launch Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

8.00pmIn association with Methuen publishers, the Shackleton Autumn School is pleased to host the launch of Andy Dickinson’s latest publication Shackleton and His Stowaway.

Daily Exhibition Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday 10.00am – 2.00pm

“Quest – Shackleton’s Last Expedition” The exhibition focuses on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s final expedition to the Antarctic. The exhibition is complemented by artefacts from the Museum’s own and private collections.

SATURDAY 26th October

Lecture Series Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

10.00am   “Bransfield and the Discovery of Antarctica” Jim Wilson Admission €10

10.50am  TEA/COFFEE11.20 “Tales from the Polar Book Room”Paul Davies Admission €10

12.10. “Silent Witness – the Arctic and Climate Change. ”Dirk Notz Admission €10

1.00pm  LUNCH2.30pm “Shackleton and the South Pole of the Moon”David Whitehouse Admission €10

3.20pm  TEA/COFFEE

3.50pm. The Endurance Diary Inquiry. Leading experts attempt to fill in the back story of an Endurance crew-member’s diary which surfaced on BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ over 100 years after it was written. Nicki Jemphrey presents for further analysis a mysterious Endurance diary which her father acquired over 40 years ago. Polar experts Bob Burton, Philippa Wordie (whose grandfather James Wordie was a member of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition) and Jonathan Shackleton have spent the Summer reviewing the diary and will present their opinions on its provenance.Admission €10

Dinner The Green Barn, Burtown House, Athy

8.00pm Autumn School Dinner Tickets €40

SUNDAY 27th October

Lecture Series Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

10.00am “A Matter of Time – How Greenwich Meantime came to rule the World” Juliana Adelman Admission €10

10.50am TEA/COFFEE11.20am “The Rescue from Elephant Island – The Full Story ”Bob Burton Admission €10

12.10pm “The Life and Voyages of Sir Leopold McClintock “David Murphy Admission €10

1.00pm LUNCH 2.30pm“Antarctic Imprints: The Climate of Polar Printing” Hester Blum Admission €10

Film Athy Heritage Centre – Museum

3.30pmThe Flight of the EagleThis Oscar nominated film tells the story of S. A. Andrée’s Arctic balloon expedition of 1897, an ill-fated effort to reach the North Pole. The film stars Max von Sydow as S.A. Andrée, Sverre Anker Ousdal as Knut Frænkel and Göran Stangertz as Nils Strindbeg. Directed by Jan Troell Admission €10

Cultural Evening Athy Arts Centre

8.00pm‘Shackleton and his Stowaway’Shackleton and his Stowaway is based on the real events of the legendary Endurance expedition to Antarctica. It follows the misfortunes of an 18 year old stowaway who sneaks aboard Endurance. Initially in awe of Shackleton he becomes disillusioned when Endurance is crushed in the ice. A production of the Stolen Elephant Theatre Company Written by Andy Dickinson. Admission €10

MONDAY 28th October

Field Trip Assemble at the Heritage Centre – Museum

10.00am Bus tour through Shackleton country A visit to Ballitore and the home of Mary Leadbeater, writer and ancestor of Ernest Shackleton and Quaker Meeting House. Fare €1