The 18th Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School takes place this October Bank Holiday weekend in Athy Heritage Centre.
This year’s event features themed lectures, book launches, exhibitions and a culture night.
Athy Heritage Centre Museum is home to the only permanent exhibition in the world devoted to Ernest 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 ???lm footage of the Endurance expedition.
The museum has acquired the ship’s cabin (‘The Quest’) in which Shackleton died. After being transported from Norway, it is currently being restored in Letterfrack, Co Galway, and will be returned to Athy.
Shackleton’s Endurance crew of 28 set out in 1914 to make the first traverse of Antarctica via the South Pole, but the ship became trapped and crushed in pack ice. On April 24th 1916, Shackleton and five crew, including Irishmen Tom Crean and Tim McCarthy, set out in a timber lifeboat on an 1,300km sea journey to South Georgia to get help for their 22 comrades stranded on Elephant island. With no loss of life, it is regarded as one of the most famous sea rescues on record.
A century to the day (30th August 2016) since Sir Ernest Shackleton rescued the crew of his ship Endurance from Elephant island in the Antarctic ocean, a bronze statue to the polar explorer was unveiled in the town centre (Athy).
The Ernest Shackleton Autumn School and Athy Heritage Centre Museum are proudly supported by Kildare County Council.
See the full timetable here.