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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.