Wednesday, October 28, 2020


On Saturday 31 st October 2020 Virtually Shackleton 2020 will be launched. This will
be an all-day free online event accessible to anybody in the world with access to a
computer or a mobile phone.

For more details of the event register at


10:30 – 10:35 Opening of Virtually Shackleton 2020 from the Shackleton Museum, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

10:35 – 11:20 First appearances – the conservation of Ernest Shackleton’s Quest cabin. Sven Habermann, Conservation Letterfrack.

11:30 – 11:55 Inuit, Irish and Norse: the earliest explorers of the North Atlantic. Dr. Aidan O’Sullivan, University College Dublin.

12:05 – 12:30 Pauline Garavan speaks about her Endurance art piece. Artist, Pauline Garavan.

12:40 – 13:05 Norwegian Wood – Guided tour of Fram followed by Q&A. Geir Kløver, Director, The Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway.

Lunch: ICEBREAKER session will run during lunchtime streaming videos connected with the work of the Shackleton Autumn School. 1) David Butler on illustrating the ‘James Caird’ voyage; 2) Kayaking South Georgia.

14:00 – 14:25 The Boss in Bronze: sculptor Mark Richards on his work and creating the Athy Shackleton statue. Sculptor Mark Richards in conversation with Kildare County Council Arts Officer, Lucina Russell.

14:35 – 15:05 Trick or Treaty: Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty, a discussion. Minister of State, Malcolm Noonan in conversation with Bob Headland, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK.

15:15 – 15:45 The use of ponies in Antarctica: Was it a silly idea? A lecture by Antarctic historian Bob Burton.

16:00 – 16:20 Stream it like you mean it, the background to the making of the successful podcast ‘What would Shackleton do?’. Interview with Dr Juliana Adelman, Dublin City University and John Carty (actor). (visit for podcast).

16:30 – 16:55 The Great Escape. Jim McAdam’s account of exiting the Falklands and southern Patagonia just as lockdown hit. Dr Jim McAdam, Shackleton Museum, Athy, & Queens University, Belfast.

17:05 – 17:25 Falkland Islands calling – Presentation on Shackleton, the Falkland Islands and it’s museum connection with the Shackleton Museum. Falklands Museum staff & Shackleton Museum.

17:25 Close of Virtually Shackleton 2020.

17:30 – 18:00 Zoom session continues in O’Briens.

20:00 – 21:05 Shackleton’s Endurance: online streaming of the premiere performance from Carlow, Ireland, October 2014 (narration, music, visuals).

The Chill Out room will be open all day, with a special ‘virtual pint’ in O’Brien’s at 17:30.

Draft Programme. Subject to alteration. Includes some additional filmed community contributions.

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