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Anniversary Memorial

On the 150th anniversary of his birth, Thursday 15 February 2024, a Memorial to ‘The Boss’ will be unveiled in Westminster Abbey. See details

Shackleton Memorial in Westminster Abbey

On the 150th anniversary of his birth, Thursday 15 February 2024, a Memorial to ‘The Boss’ will be unveiled in Westminster Abbey. The Great West Door will open at 1630 to allow the congregation to enter for Choral Evensong, to which all are welcome. Abbey staff will direct people to their seats by 1645, ahead of […]

Endurance drama in Italian

The show Endurance: Storia di un viaggio straordinario is an initiative of actress Stefania Mariani and photographer Michele Montalbetti from the company Stage Photography. They have been inspired by this century old adventure not just in terms of history but for the lessons that we all can learn from it today. The stage play has […]

Roald Amundsen Conference

The Devon and Cornwall Polar Society will be holding a Roald Amundsen Conference on Saturday 28 October 2023 This will take place at Lewinsky Building Plymouth University PL4 8AA For further details, and to book your place, please go to the DCPS site

‘The Alexandra Shackleton’

Long-serving members of the JCS will remember our 2013 Newsletter featuring the Epic Expedition which replicated the original trip of the James Caird across the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia using the same rudimentary equipment, period clothing and technology as Shackleton had nearly 100 years before. This 2013 expedition, led by Tim […]

An Albion in the Antarctic

A new publication is now available from St James Park Press which tells the fascinating story of Aurora Australis, the first book written, printed, illustrated and bound in Antarctica, during the Nimrod Expedition, 1907-9. An Albion in the Antarctic was first published in 2019 using an Albion Press akin to the one originally taken to […]

Come and experience Art beneath the Ice

Join us for a magical evening of Art and Adventure… This wonderful exhibition by renowned artist Johny Midnight tells Shackleton’s inspirational story in a unique new way – in oil on canvas. Mensun Bound, Director of Exploration on the expedition that discovered Shackleton’s Endurance at the bottom of the Weddell Sea last year, also has […]

Shackleton’s Final Quest

The Ice Tracks expedition to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in 1922 set sail from Ushuaia on 31 December 2022, having been unavoidably delayed by Covid. The expedition party, comprising some 80 adventurers aboard the Island Sky, included JCS members (notably Chairman Rear Admiral Nick Lambert) as well as Patrick Bergel, the […]

Ann Savours Shirley

Ann Savours Shirley (1927 – 2022) Members of the James Caird Society will be saddened to hear of the death of eminent Polar historian and writer, Ann Savours Shirley, at the age of 95. Ann’s contribution to the history of Polar exploration was phenomenal, and a full obituary will appear in the next issue of the […]

Newsletter correction

We regret that in our Summer 2022 Newsletter there was an error in the piece about The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust’s Endurance22 Expedition. In it we wrongly described Mensun Bound as Leader of Expedition22. The Leader was in fact Dr John Shears, with Nico Vincent as his deputy. Mensun Bound was Director of Exploration. Full […]