SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
We had two particularly good lecture evenings in 2004. One was by Dr.Robert Headland, society member and SPRI Archivist,who lectured to us at the Scott Polar Research Insitute in May. The other was by Will Cross, of 'The Ultimate Trek to Cure Diabetes', who lectured to us at Dulwich College in November.
The Society also received excellent reports from Michael McGrath, who is wheelchair-bound, on the Pole-2-Pole expedition and on his previous expedition to the North Pole.
Dulwich College has been in discussion with various adventure travel companies to send an expedition of College students to the Antarctic, in particular South Georgia.
With other members of the Committee, I attended the Centenary Exhibition of the founding of the whaling station at Grytviken (South Georgia) in October. This was mounted at the Scott Polar in Cambridge and it is noteworthy that several Norwegians attended.
A new map of South Georgia has been produced by the British Antarctic Survey. Copies can be obtained from the Survey: BAS, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 OET. A handsome £2 commemorative coin is also available from the BAS.
The Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) provides maps and other geographic information to workers at BAS. It acquires topographic data in Antarctica, prepares new maps, maintains databases of digital maps, supplies printed maps to BAS staff and provides expertise in geographical analysis. MAGIC also maintains a library of Antarctic maps and aerial photographs.
40 years ago I was very fortunate to be part of a services expedition to South Georgia to make the first crossing of 'Shackleton's route'. Members of the society may like to know that in May 2005 the nine survivors of that expedition (of a party of ten) duly celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the 1965 Expedition.