Shackleton : The James Caird Society

 

JCS MEETINGS

Latest     Films     Meetings     Exhibitions     Heritage     Antarctic     South Georgia
Irish     Memorabilia     Arts     Travel     International     Expeditions
Archive     Forum     Education     Directory     Feedback

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE

A SPECIAL RECEPTION TO UNVEIL THE JAMES CAIRD IN ITS NEW SITE AT DULWICH COLLEGE

The President, Chairman and Committee of the James Caird Society have pleasure in inviting all JCS members and their guests to Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD at 5.30 on FRIDAY 6th NOVEMBER 2015 for the Annual General Meeting, grand unveiling of the boat, lectures and dinner.

The James Caird, now rerigged following its translation from the North Cloister to the new James Caird Hall
Following the unveiling of the boat in its brand new site at The James Caird Hall in the College's state-of-the-art Science and Arts block, there will be a lecture by Dr. Jan Piggott, FSA, and Sebastian Coulthard.

Jan, the former Archivist of the College in succession to Margaret Slythe, and predecessor of the current Archivist Calista Lucy, was a founding committee member of the Society in 1994 and was elected a Vice President (with John Bardell).

He was subsequently Curator of and indeed the inspiration for the superbly informative millennial exhibition Shackleton: the Antarctic and Endurance, staged in the old library at Dulwich College in 2001, with an accompanying 160 page full colour-illustrated book which is now a sought-after keepsake.

Dr. Jan Piggott is also a leading light of the P. G. Wodehouse Society. Wodehouse was a pupil at Dulwich College from 1894-1900.
Heading the navigation, Seb Coulthard was a key, in fact the key, naval figure on the successful recent (2013) Shackleton Epic expedition led by Tim Jarvis which successfully completed the 'Shackleton Double', crossing by sea from Elephant Island and traversing by land the still dangerous South Georgia mountains.

JC lookalike - The cramped scene below decks on the Alexandra Shackleton on her epic voyage, with Seb Coulthard modestly encooped at the rear of the picture
Seb is already making plans to participate in another Shackleton-celebration, an expedition moving southwards to the South Pole from the New Zealand, Ross Sea and Ross Ice Shelf end of Antarctica. In his talk Seb will appropriately pose a number of questions regarding the James Caird, its commissioning, construction and potentially fatal journey, viewed especially from the point of view of Frank Worsley's navigation, the log of which is reproduced in Harding Dunnett's book, newly issued in paperback by the Collins Press (£10 to members at the meeting), Shackleton's Boat: The Story of the James Caird.

Shackleton's Boat, now in paperback, is the sole book to outline the James Caird's history, from her design and commission at London's West India Docks (by Worsley) and redesign on the ice to her awesome escape and her role promoting Shackleton ever since
12
That book, Seb explains, was highly influential on his own becoming inspired by the story of the boat, and on his own highly significant interpretation of Worsley's navigational advice, on which the fate of the whole James Caird voyage - and indeed half a dozen other subsequent re-enactions of the boat journey by British, Irish and German expeditions - depended.

This double-edged talk promises to be one of the most absorbing the Society has yet staged, especially as it is intended to focus mostly, perhaps entirely, on the James Caird and its fortunes.

It will be especially fitting on this special centenary occasion, 100 years on from when Harry 'Chips' McNeish prepared the boat on the ice for its dramatic sailing even as the Endurance sank (in November) and was lost.

The Shackleton/Endurance Centenary - see www.shackleton100.org - runs through 2015 to the end of 2016, with special emphasis on April-May 2016 (Escape in three boats from the Ice; Elephant Island; the Voyage of the James Caird) and August 2016 (the Chilean rescue of all 22 marooned men).

Full day-by-day details of centennial Shackleton events 2014-15-16

Shackleton the sports enthusiast. The dedication, 'To Cecily from Mickey, April 30 1918' seems a little strange. The photo clearly predates 1900. His daughter Cecily (if she is indeed the dedicatee) was born on 23 December 1906.

 

21ST BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON OF THE JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY

SATURDAY 9 MAY 12.00 ABOARD HQS WELLINGTON, VICTORIA EMBANKMENT

a view of HQS Wellington at Temple Pier
The Committee is delighted to invite JCS Members and Friends to the 21st Birthday Party of the James Caird Society at 12.00 midday on Saturday 9 May 2015.

The lunchtime venue will be the ship HQS Wellington (the headquarters of the Master Mariners). The location is Temple Pier (Temple Stairs), Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN.

Temple Pier is situated between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge on the North side of the River Thames.

A celebration lunch will be served. The cost of the lunch is £60 per person, to a include a glass of wine on arrival. There will be a pay bar available.

Each member is allowed up to a maximum of three guests.

A reply slip is attached below:


THE JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY, SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015


To: The Hon Secretary, Pippa Hare,The James Caird Society,
Fig Tree Cottage, High Street, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 3EN


Please allocate me ........places at £60 per ticket


I enclose a cheque for £....... payable to 'The James Caird Society'


Title, Christian Name and Surname of Member......................


Email address ................. Tel. no. ....................


Please note:

One Member and THREE Guests maximum.

Payment is by cheques only, which must be paid BEFORE the luncheon

No tickets will be sent by post. Acknowledgement will be by email.





 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY DINNER, AGM AND LECTURE, FRIDAY 7 NOVEMBER 2014

KELLY TYLER TO GIVE A LANDMARK LECTURE TO THE SOCIETY ON THE ROSS SEA PARTY

Kelly Tyler's ground breaking book will form the basis of her lecture on  Shackleton's 'other' men
The James Caird Society will hold its autumn dinner at Dulwich College on Friday 7 November 2014.

In the time honoured fashion the evening will begin with drinks at 6.00, at which point the Society's AGM will be held.

Then at 7.00, author Kelly Tyler, for long a specialist on the story of Shackleton's Aurora party led by Nimrod veteran Aeneas Mackintosh, will give a lecture entitled 'Honour to whom Honour is Due - the story of the Ross Sea Party'.

Our lecturer, Kelly Tyler-Lewis, braving icy climesKelly Tyler-Lewis, author of 'The Lost Men', a book which gives Shackleton's Aurora (New Zealand-Ross Sea) party its proper due
The tale of the crew of the Aurora - Mawson's old ship, on which Frank Wild's brother Ernest served - is in its own way as tragic, harrowing and exhausting as that of the beleaguered Weddell Sea Party marooned on Elephant Island. Three of its men were tragically lost, including its leader and its padre-cum-photographer.

Kelly Tyler's absorbing retelling of the saga of the Ross Sea Party, available from Amazon and elsewhere
The men suffered appalling privation, following the temporary loss of their ship with most of their supplies. This mainly accounted for their reliance on Captain Scott's hut at Cape Evans, which probably saved their lives but led to a further begrudging hostility between Scott and Shackleton.

Thye new 2007 edition of Kelly Tyler's book
Author of 'The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party', described as 'a first-class book' by The Independent on Sunday, or 'gripping and harrowing' by The Sydney Morning Herald, and characterised as 'graceful, compact and poignant' by The Times Literary Supplement, Kelly Tyler has done perhaps more than anyone to draw attention to the Ross Sea Party's heroic endeavours, and to pay these brave, loyal and determined men, often described as 'forgotten', due honour.

This will be followed by dinner in The Great Hall. The event is open to Members and their Guests. Tickets are £40 each. Please return your forms in good time before the occasion.


Dulwich College, Shackleton's old school and home of the James Caird Society, seen from the air. The design for the new Science Building, where the James Caird will be housed from autumn 2015, can be seen.by clcking through here to the College website

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY MEMBERS' DINNER AND LECTURE, SPRING 2014

FRIDAY 9 MAY 2014 AT 6.30 P.M., DULWICH COLLEGE, LONDON SE23

The celebrated picture of Endurance by night by Frank Hurley


Spring 2014 Dinner Invitation
A passion for Shackleton as man and leader - Arthur Ainsberg
about the speaker, Arthur Ainsberg
Hot on the heels of Shackleton - Arthur Ainsberg takes to the ice

Published: 30 April 2014

 

JCS MEETINGS, 2014-15

The James Caird Society meetings will be on these dates


 

A CHANCE TO MEET SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

MON 29 APRIL 2013, 6.30-9.00 AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Years of excellence - The Explorers ClubPenetrating the Poles - the Explorers Club
A number of tickets are available for James Caird Society members (who may bring guests) to attend an evening reception with Sir David Attenborough, a living legend anddoyen of BBC Television's nature programme, on Monday 29 April at the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Kensington, London.

Sir David Attenborough, the legendary authority of wildlife across the world
The evening will run from 6.30 to 9.00 p.m. Tickets for the event itself cost £30. David Attenborough will be interviewed by the distinguished Polar Explorer Jim McNeill about his lifetime's work, including such milestones in his career as the celebrated TV series Life on Earth and Life in the Freezer.

Sir David Attenborough in earnest converse with compare the market.com
The occasion will see Sir David presented with the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Awar. It is a highly significant honour. Now into its fourth decade, the Lowell Thomas Award was established by the Explorers Club in 1980 to honour outstanding achievement and pioneering in the widest field of exploration, including general exploration, space exploration, deepwater exploration, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, mountaineering, balloon exploration, exploration relating to climate change and conservation.

Previous recipients of the Lowell Thomas Award include Sir Edmund Hillary, Robert Ballard, Louise Leakey, Mary Cleave, Carl Sagan, Bertrand Piccard and Edward Wilson.

Drinks will be available from a pay bar both before and after the event.

TICKETS are available, price £30, from www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10072 - or click below to be taken to the appropriate page.

Buy ticket(s) for the David Attenborough event
Members of the audience will have a chance to put their own questions to Sir David.

David Attenborough with rare speciesDavid Attenborough
David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough
The young David Attenborough takes to the wildsBy the 1960s David Attenborough was already a celebrity on British TV, renowned for his work in the jungles and deserts of the world, his intense enthusiasm and his intoxicating way of presenting it
A celebrated expert on survival in extreme climates, Jim McNeill is Chairman of the British and Western European Section (Chapter) of the Explorers Society.

Jim McNeill, extraordinary polar specialist and explorer
View some enticing and unusual pictures on Sir David's own website

See details of Sir David Attenborough's colourful new 'Life' series on BBC 1

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY MEETING FRIDAY 10 MAY 2013 AT 6.30

LECTURE AND DINNER AT DULWICH COLLEGE, LONDON SE21 7LD

A Jubilant crew celebrates on South Georgia after Tim Jarvis's Epic Expedition completed the successful crossing from Elephant Island earlier this year. They went on to follow in the footsteps of Shackleton by scaling the dangerous South Georgia mountai


Fresh back from their successful Shackleton Epic Expedition, Tim Jarvis and Sebastian Coulthard will tell of the trials and tribulations of reenaction Shackleton's great achievement with his five men including Worsley and Crean

 

JCS LECTURE AND DINNER, FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2012 AT DULWICH COLLEGE

SOUTH GEORGIA EXPERT BOB BURTON TO LECTURE TO THE SOCIETY

Shackleton's planned route in 1914/15


JCS Meeting, Autumn 2012
For more information, visit the James Caird Society homepage (jamescairdsociety.com).
Bob Burton is one of the world's experts on the natural world and a highly regarded authority on South Georgia, where he was instrumental in setting up the magnificent collection at the island's admirable Museum.
Robert W Burton's travels have taken him from pole to pole in searchof the natural worldThe southern seas are well known to Bob Burton during his many journeys
Details here of all Robert W Burton's many books, especially those on birds and wildlife

Read more about Bob and his nature interests on his page at NTLWorld

Bob Burton's knowledgeable writings on birds and South Georgia have become classics of their kind. He also edits the Newsletter of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY LECTURE AND DINNER: FRI 11 MAY 2012 AT 6.30

AND THE AUTUMN AGM AND DINNER WILL BE ON FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2012

Thanks to Master Blender Richard Paterson,


notice to members and their guests of the next JCS meeting
Richard will talk about the discovery of the Mackinlays Whisky stored under Shackleton's hut, and the process of converting it into an exciting modern blend
Box of the original Mackinlay whisky, now reblended by Whyte & Mackay
Box indicating the dates of the Nimrod expedition

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY MEMBERS' AGM, LECTURE AND DINNER

FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2011, 6.00 P.M. AT DULWICH COLLEGE

This Ross Dependency stamp is one of the most impressive joint images of Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott, colleagues and rivals in the race to the South Pole.


Those interested in joining the Society should contact the Hon. Secretary, Mrs. Pippa Hare
Dr. Jan Piggott was a founder committee member of the James Caird Society and remains one of the most eminent authorities - on many subjects - associated with the setting up of the Society
Dr.Jan Piggott (third from right) with members of the P. G. Wodehouse society at the launch of his acclaimed book on the famous author, who was a boy at Dulwich College. Jan's predecessor as archivist and JCS founder member Margaret Slythe is on the left

 

NEXT JCS MEETING AND LECTURE: FRIDAY 6TH MAY 2011

JCS MEMBERS' AND GUESTS' EVENING AND LECTURE AT DULWICH, WITH A DISTINGUISHED GUEST SPEAKER

The next James Caird Society members' evening and lecture will be at Dulwich College on Friday, 6th May 2011, at 6.30 p.m.

The speaker will be one of the most eminent people in his field, Dr. Kevin Fewster, AM FRSA.

Kevin Fewster was appointed Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in September 2007.

The National Maritime Museum includes the magnificent display in the 17th Century Queen's House, many other displays and exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, including the maritime galleries, in the adjacent buildings, probably the finest collection of naval paintings in the world and also the historic Royal Observatory, Greenwich. It focuses on every aspect of British maritime history, and this includes the pioneering expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, and over three hundred years of heroic exploration in all parts of the world.

An exciting expansion, with the opening of a new wing, is currently underway at the museum (more details below).

It was also at the NMM that the James Caird was conserved and restored, and a replica of the boat is on permanent display.

Prior to taking up his post at the NMM, Dr. Fewster was the director of several museums in Australia: from 1984–89 he was the first Director of the South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide. Then from 1989 to 1999 he was the inaugural Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney, now one of the most important collections and well-conceived displays in the world.

Finally from 2000-2007 he led the Powerhouse Museum, also in Sydney. The Powerhouse Museum is Sydney's wide-ranging museum of science, technology, design and the decorative arts. It forms part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and presents exhibitions and programmes based on the ideas and technologies that have changed our world, and the stories of the people who inspire and create them. Its diverse collection, built up over more than 125 years since the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879, spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. It is also responsible for the Sydney Observatory.

From 1996–99 Dr Fewster was the President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums. Between 2004–07 he was Chairman of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and a director of the Collections Council of Australia. Before that he taught history in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. He is an expert on the First World War Gallipoli campaign, on which he has written several books.

In June 2001 he was honoured with title Member of the Order of Australia for his impressive services to museum administration and dedication to the preservation of maritime history.

At the National Maritime Museum, as well as having overall responsibility for the permanent collections and excellently conceived temporary exhibitions, he will oversee the building and opening at Greenwich, in time for the London 2012 Olympics, of the new Sammy Ofer Wing, designed to illustrate with its impressive displays, collections and archives how Britain’s relationship with the sea has fundamentally shaped history, cultures, economies, and identities across the world. The wing, harmonising with the landscape, has been designed in consultation with, among other bodies, English Heritage and the Royal Parks.

 

MEMBERS' EVENING, AGM AND LECTURE AT DULWICH NOV 2010

FRIDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2010



 

DINNER AND LECTURE: FRIDAY 7 MAY 2010, 6.30 P.M.

The next JCS Members' Evening and Lecture will take place on Friday 7th May 2010 at 6.30 p.m. in the Great Hall at Dulwich College.

SUE FLOOD will give a lecture 'Behind the Scenes at the BBC Series "Planet Earth" and "The Blue Planet": Film Making in the Polar Regions'.

This will be followed by Dinner in the North Cloister and the Lower Hall.

The cost of the evening is £35 per head, including wine before and during dinner.

Members wishing to attend should return the reply form to Pippa Hare, Hon. Secretary, by Monday 3rd May. As usual, guests will be most welcome.

This is a charity dinner given by the James Caird Society and Dulwich College, the proceeds of which will go to the Shackleton Epic expedition.


Sue Flood is a wildlife and documentary photographer and wildlife filmmaker, who specialises in Polar and marine environments both topside and underwater. She has made 30 trips to the Polar Regions. After reading Zoology at Durham University she spent eleven years with the BBC Natural History Unit at Bristol, she was an assistant producer on the award-winning "The Blue Planet" and also worked on "Planet Earth" and the Disney nature movie "Earth". She worked in the Arctic, the Antarctic and the South Pacific, often working with her husband, Doug Allan, a polar specialist and wildlife cameraman.

Her films for the BBC include "A Boy among Polar Bears" and "Polar Bears on Ice" for Wildlife on One, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Sue's recent photographic awards include Travel Photographer of the Year 2009, (Best Single Image and Highly Commended portfolio in the Nature category), The International Photographer of the Year 2009 (winner of Travel and Tourism prize) and, in 2008, the International Conservation Photography Award for Best of Festival and the Royal Photographic Society's Silver Medal for Nature Photography.

Sue Flood first met Alexandra Shackleton in 2008 when Alexandra made her first visit to her grandfather's historic hut at Cape Royds.

 

JCS MEMBERS' EVENING AND DINNER FRIDAY 8 MAY 2009

FOCUS ON HMS ENDURANCE



 

MEMBERS' EVENING AND DINNER, AUTUMN 2008

A very successful and well-attended JCS Members's Evening, Lecture and Dinner took place at Dulwich College, London, UK on Friday 7 November 2008. The lecture and dinner were preceded by the AGM.

Mr. Charles Swithinbank gave a lecture entitled "50 Years on Ice - The Changing Scene".

This was followed by dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall.

Charles Swithinbank, an eminent Antarctic expert and Polar Medallist, was for many years a key figure in the British Antarctic Survey.

He first went to the Arctic in 1945 and to the Antarctic in 1949. After conducting many field seasons in the Polar regions he retired as Head of the Earth Sciences division of the BAS.

Earlier this year Charles Swithinbank returned to the north, visiting Svalbard, Greenland and Iceland.


This was a charity dinner on behalf of the James Caird Society, proceeds of which went to the Shackleton Epic Expedition.

 

JCS MEETING AND DINNER - FRIDAY 9 MAY 2008

Paul Rose, explorer, polar guide, expedition leader, speaker and television presenter, has spent many years in Antarctica and the Arctic, organising scientific expeditions.

For 10 years he was the Station Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctic base of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), for which service he was awarded the Queen's Polar Medal. For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt. Erebus (the mountain first climbed by members of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition) Paul was also awarded the U.S. Navy Polar Medal.

Paul's BBC Television credits for the BBC Science department include the BAFTA-nominated 'Meltdown - a Global Warming Journey' (2006) and 'Voyages of Discovery' (BBC4/BBC2, 2007), which was also highly praised.

His next BBC2 project, entitled 'Ocean', will be shown at the end of this year.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND MEMBERS' EVENING

FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2007 AT DULWICH COLLEGE

James Caird Society AGM and meeting, Friday 2 Nov 2007


JCS Meeting Nov 2007 text
The JCS is an associate of Frontier Expeditions' Society Tours, in collaboration with the RGS and the South Georgia Association. The Antarctic cruise ship  Professor Multanovskiy will visit Antarctica & South Georgia from 17 Nov to 8 Dec 2008. Click here.

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY MEETING AND LECTURE SPRING 2007

AT DULWICH ON FRIDAY MAY 11TH 2007

On Friday 11th May 2007 at 6.30 p.m. in the Great Hall at Dulwich College, John Gimlette gave a very well-received lecture entitled "A Theatre of Fish'. This was followed by a wine reception and Dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall.

This was a Charity Dinner on behalf of the James Caird Society, the proceeds of which went to the Shackleton Centenary Expedition 2008 (see below), which the Society is sponsoring to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton's Nimrod expedition.

John Gimlette (b. 1963) is an award-winning travel writer whose travels have included journeys to Newfoundland and Labrador, which feature prominently in his lecture. At seventeen, he crossed the Soviet Union by train and has since travelled to over 60 countries.

John's first book was described as a 'vivid, riotous journey into the heart of South America'. In 1982, on the eve of the Falklands War, he was working on an estancia in Argentina. He returned to England via Paraguay and Bolivia, and read law at Cambridge. He is presently working on his third book, which follows a wartime journey through France, Germany and Austria.

 

MEMBERS' EVENING, AGM AND LECTURE, AUTUMN 2006

FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2006

The Twelfth Annual General Meeting of The James Caird Society was held at 6.00 on Friday 3rd November 2006 at Dulwich College.

The imposing facade of Dulwich College
Following the AGM there was a lecture by Miss Margot Morrell entitled "Writing a Shackleton Best seller", followed by dinner in the North Cloister and Lower Hall.

The cost of the evening was £30 per head, including wine before and during dinner, and there was a very good turnout from members and their guests, who as always provided a well-informed and appreciative audience.

The Best selling book Shackleton's Way

 

9TH SEPT : SPECIAL MEMBERS' EVENING AT FALMOUTH

WITH THE JAMES CAIRD AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM, CORNWALL

On Saturday 9 September at 6.30 p.m., members of the society and their guests participated in a highly enjoyable Special Members' Evening of the James Caird Society at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall, where the James Caird has been on display.

The Society's President, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, photographed with the James Caird when she officially launched the Falmouth exhibition earlier this year.
This was a private opportunity for viewing the fine Exhibition Endurance and Survival in the Flotilla Gallery, at which the James Caird has formed the handsome centrepiece.

JCS members were joined on this very special occasion by members of the South Georgia Association.

This was a charity dinner on behalf of the James Caird Society and Dulwich College, the proceeds of which will go to the Shackleton Centenary Expedition in 2008.

Details of the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: 4 NOVEMBER 2005

The bust of Sir Clements Markham outside the RGS in London
The Annual General Meeting of the James Caird Society was held in the Great Hall of Dulwich College on Friday 4th November 2005.

Following the meeting, Dr.Ann Savours Shirley gave an absorbing lecture entitled 'Who was Clements Markham - Eminence Grise or Shining Light?'

The lecture was followed by dinner.

Sir Clements Markham (1838-1916)
How to join the Society

Sir Clements Markham, FRS, CB, KCB, was President of The Royal Geographical Society and a principal backer of Scott's 1901—04 expedition to the Antarctic, of which Shackleton was a leading member.

Markham joined the Royal Navy in 1844. In 1850-1851 he served under Capt. Austin on the expedition to the Arctic to search for Franklin. He subsequently conducted exploration of the Andes in Peru, and also in Abyssinia and Arctic Greenland.

Sir Clements Markham
From 1863-1888 Markham was Secretary to the RGS, receiving the Society's gold medal upon retiring. He became President of the RGS in 1893 and held the post until 1905. He was president of the International Geographical Congress held in London in 1895 and was knighted in 1896.

He remained a leading figure in the RGS at the time of Shackleton's expeditions, and died in the year Shackleton made the boat journey aboard the James Caird.

Mount Clements Markham, off the Ross Sea

Dr.Ann Savours (Dr.Ann Shirley) was formerly on the staff of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, and was later Custodian of Manuscripts at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Her books include The Voyage of the Discovery and The Search for the North-West Passage and she edited The 'Discovery' Diary of Edward Wilson 1901-4, Scott's Last Voyage and a biographical essay on Sir Clements Markham.

 

MEMBERS' EVENING AND LECTURE: FRIDAY 13TH MAY 2005

Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds
On Friday 13th May 2005 The President of the James Caird Society, The Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, and members of the Committee were delighted to welcome members and their guests to the members' evening, special unveiling and lecture at 6.30 in the Great Hall at Dulwich College.

This was a charity dinner on behalf of the James Caird Society and Dulwich College. The proceeds went to the New Zealand Heritage Trust's conservation plan for Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds.

Mr.Martin Williams, Representative in the U.K. of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, gave a detailed lecture on 'Saving Shackleton's Hut'. The preservation by the trust Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds is presently the Society's Charity of the Year.

This was preceded by the unveiling of a plaque to the Society's Founder

Harding McGregor Dunnett.

The Plaque, which was unveiled by the Founder's elder daughter, Mrs. Pippa Hare, reads :

The 'James Caird' returned to Dulwich College from the National Maritimes Museum in 1986. The James Caird Society was founded in 1994 by Harding McGregor Dunnett (OA) (1909-2000). THE MOVING SPIRIT.'

Harding McGregor Dunnett (1909-2000)

 

ANNUAL GENERAL METTING 2004 AND MEMBERS' DINNER

The 2004 Annual General Meeting of The James Caird Society was held on Friday 12th November 2004 at 6.00 p.m. at Dulwich College.

The meeting was held in the Great Hall, to accommodate increasing numbers of attendees.

Our President, the Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, welcomed members and guests before dinner rather than at the AGM.

Our Treasurer, Commander John McGregor, O.B.E., reported that the membership remained active and that finances were stable.

The website at www.jamescairdsociety.com (created by Roderic Dunnett and Keith Bramich) attracted 67,000 'hits' during the previous financial year.

£2,000 was donated to the NZAHT and £1,200 to the Muscle Help Foundation.

Our Chairman, Major-General Patrick Pagan, T.C.B. M.B.E., thanked Dulwich College and the Committee for their contribution to the success of the society.

Dr.Jan Piggott had compiled and edited the first James Caird Society Journal. This was produced at Dulwich College by Jan and committee member John Bardell. A second Journal is already planned.

The nature and purpose of the Society: The James Caird Society was founded in May 1994 for the purpose of educating the public, both in the U.K. and overseas, in all aspects of the four expeditions made by Sir Ernest Shackleton to Antarctica.

The evening's lecture was given by Will Cross, a member of the JCS. Will, who is insulin diabetic, led an expedition entitled "The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes" to the South Pole in November 2002.

That expedition was conceived to inspire young people afflicted with the disease not to limit their ambitions; and to raise money for diabetic research.

"The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes" was also the Charity chosen by the James Caird Society for support during 2002.

 

MEMBERS' LECTURE NOV 2004

The evening's lecture ON 12th November was given by James Caird Society member Will Cross.

In 2002 Will Cross and his father, Mike, organised 'The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes' - an expedition to the South Pole, of which the Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, President of the Society, was Patron.

Will is an insulin diabetic and his trek to the Pole was aimed at inspiring young people afflicted with the disease; and to raise money for diabetic research.

"The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes" was also the Charity chosen by the James Caird Society for support during 2002.

Will & Mike presented a highly professional and entertaining illustrated talk. Their photographs were magnificent. The audience was delighted.

Mike joined his son for the last seven days of the trek to the Pole. They arrived on 17th January 2003 - the same day Scott made it in 1912!

Mike Cross's report on the expedition can be found in the JCS Newsletter Issue 9.

 

NINTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, NOVEMBER 2003

The Ninth Annual General Meeting was held at Dulwich College on at 6pm on Friday 7th November 2003. During the meeting Commander John McGregor, R.N. (Hon Treasurer) provided a financial statement and reported on the continuing strength of the Society, with a membership of just under 600.

In 2003 the Society's Constitution was amended and revised with the approval of the Committee and Trustees. Following endorsement at the AGM, the Constitution has now been forwarded to the Charity Commissioners for approval.

56,000 hits were made on the Society website (www.jamescairdsociety.com) during 2003. Thanks were extended to Roddy Dunnett, Keith Bramich & Jan Piggott for their invaluable help in improving and re-arranging the site.

After the AGM there was a supper party, followed by an excellent lecture given by Dr Jan Piggott who chose the intriguing title, "What happened on Elephant Island?". 160 members attended, reflecting the popularity of the lecturer and his subject.

 

SHACKLETON: THE HIDDEN COLLECTION: MEETING AT THE SCOTT-POLAR

SOCIETY EVENT HELD IN CAMBRIDGE

During the Tenth Anniversary meeting of the James Caird Society at the Scott-Polar Research Institute (SPRI) in Cambridge, UK on Friday 14th May 2004, Members of the Society and their Guests had an ideal opportunity to view the Institute’s major new Shackleton Exhibition.

The Exhibition “Shackleton : The Hidden Collection” will run until late Autumn 2004. The SPRI exhibition is one of the most impressive and distinctive the Institute has ever hosted : the absorbing display includes Shackleton’s original diaries, logbooks and many maps and artefacts from his Antarctic Expeditions. Many of these objects have never been displayed before.

The Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, Shackleton’s Granddaughter and President of the James Caird Society, described the SPRI’s display as “a fascinating collection" and the evening viewing and lecture as “an unique occasion.”

The Shackleton Exhibition formed the centrepiece to the James Caird Society’s visit to Cambridge, which included dinner in the ‘First South’ Room and, before dinner, an introductory lecture about the exhibition by Dr.Robert Headland, Archivist of the Scott Polar Institute.

In his lecture, entitled “Shackletoniana – The Fulfilment of the Explorer’s Wishes”, Dr.Headland drew attention to the manuscripts from all sources for each of Shackleton’s expeditions and documents relating to Discovery, Nimrod, Endurance, Aurora and Quest, including diaries of not just Shackleton but members of his crew, such as Dr. Alexander Macklin.

Proceeds from this JCS charity dinner were donated to the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Conservation Plan for Shackleton’s Hut at Cape Royds.

The Cambridge University Scott Polar Institute on Lensfield Road is the greatest and most important Polar Archive and Centre for Polar Research in the world : the ambit of its studies is bi-Polar, taking in study of both North and South Poles, and circum-Polar, embracing serious research relating to the entire polar regions. The Institute also hosts the Secretariats of the International Glaciological Society and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research.

Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road,
Cambridge CB2 1ER England Tel. +44 (0)1223 336540 Fax +44 (0)1223 336549 Email : enquiries@spri.cam.ac.uk

 

THE BRAVE, THE FOOLHARDY AND THE SHIVERING: MEMBERS' EVENING

HELD IN MAY 2003 AT DULWICH COLLEGE

The Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, President, Patrick Fagan, Chairman and the Committee of the James Caird Society invited members to a Members' Evening and Lecture on Friday 9th May 2003 at 6.30pm for 7.00pm in the South Cloister, Dulwich College, London UK.

Rear Admiral John Myres CB gave a lecture on Rewards for the Brave, the Foolhardy and the Shivering.

This was a Charity Dinner on behalf of the James Caird Society and Dulwich College, the proceeds of which went to the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust's Conservation Plan for Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds.

 

JAMES CAIRD SOCIETY : IMAX FILM EVENING AND RECEPTION

FRIDAY 15 FEB 2002

On Friday February 15th 2002 the James Caird Society celebrated Shackleton's 127th birthday (the explorer was born in County Kildare, Ireland in February, 1874) in grand style by booking the London IMAX Cinema for a reception and showing of the film Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.


Profits from the evening, which was introduced by the James Caird Society's President, the Hon.Alexandra Shackleton and expedition member Michael Cross, were allocated by the Society to support the charity 'The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes'

This expedition was led by Will Cross, a 34 year old diabetes sufferer, who in April 2001 with his team successfully reached the magnetic North Pole. The real 'Ultimate Walk', to the South Pole, was scheduled to start in November 2002 and take 60 days to cover 730 miles, raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Cross, an experienced climber, has previously ascended Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, and trekked in Patagonia and the Sahara. The team included Cross's father, Mike Cross, himself a Type l diabetes sufferer, mountaineer Jerry Petersen (who father was a diabetic) and Dr.Bert Goodpaster, who aimed to conduct detailed research into the effects of extreme polar conditions on diabetes sufferers. The team travelled on skis pulling 150 lb sleds.

In addition to raising money for the Foundation the team's aim was to focus international attention on the disease, educate people about the disease and encourage other young diabetes-sufferers to fulfil their potential.


 

ROYAL PREMIERE OF BIG SCREEN SHACKLETON IMAX FILM

AT THE IMAX CINEMA, WATERLOO, LONDON, 18 OCTOBER 2001

The British Premiere of the film Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure took place at the London Imax Cinema, Waterloo, London SE1 on 18 October 2001 at 7.00. The premiere, given in the presence of H.R.H.The Princess Royal, and with a preceding reception, was in aid of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and its project to restore the Manager's Villa in Stromness, South Georgia, and was attended by the James Caird Society's President, the Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, and other members of the Society.

The large screen film enjoyed huge critical success and went on to be seen in IMAX cinemas around the world.

 

 

<<       Society       Forum       History       News       Publications       Membership       >>