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The Last Great First …

… with doctors on skis October will see another challenging expedition which aims to emulate the spirit of Shackleton: Gareth Andrews and Richard Stephenson, both medical practitioners, will attempt to become the first team in history to ski across the continent of Antarctica, including its two permanent ice shelves, unsupported. Their success over this 2600 […]

Keeping up with the Caird!

Kent Scouts ReQuest21 project has already earned a mention or two in these pages – but now they are really pushing the boat out! With two high profile rowing machines positioned either side of what is perhaps the most famous boat in the world, Request21 will be undertaking a Big Sponsored 24-hour James Caird Row-A-Thon […]

Shackleton’s Critic

As the heroic age of exploration draws to a close, a new book tells the story of one of the heroes involved – one who is little known and scarcely recognised today. Eric Marshall, under the leadership of Ernest Shackleton, staggered to within 97 miles of the South Pole on the 1907 – 1909 Nimrod […]

Three celebrations of the Quest anniversary

As expected, the year has begun with a burst of activity as preparations gather pace to mark the centenary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in South Georgia on 5 January 1922. Most recent news comes from JCS member Paul Hart, Expedition Leader of Antarctic Quest 21. This expedition is one of scientific research and will follow untrodden […]

Happy New Year

Very best wishes to all members of the James Caird Society and to anyone with an interest in the feats and exploits of Sir Ernest Shackleton. This year will see preparations continue for events to mark the centenary of Shackleton’s death aboard Quest in South Georgia on 5 January 1922. Updated information will be posted […]

Is that the Caird Christmas shopping?

Visitors to one of London’s trendiest shopping streets must have feared they had been overdoing the Christmas spirit when the world’s most famous lifeboat trundled past them on the King’s Road earlier this month. What on earth was the James Caird doing in Sloane Square?! It turned out not to be the plucky 23-footer herself […]

Request2021

Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project Shackleton’s Scouts Online Presentation A fundraising talk for this expedition (which is being supported by the James Caird Society) will be held via zoom on Sunday 6 December 2020. Further details and how to buy tickets can be found here.

ShackletonExpeditionPoster

Shackleton poster: eye-catching and informative

We are delighted to announce that the Shackleton poster, as described in our 2020 Newsletter and shown here, is now available to order. All proceeds from the sale of these posters will go towards our charitable work – which is to support projects, usually expeditions, which emulate the spirit of Shackleton, especially of the Endurance […]

Newsletter feedback

The 2020 Newsletter has now been distributed to all members, hard copies to UK addresses, digitally to overseas members. We hope you all enjoyed reading the somewhat shorter than usual issue, and were not too flummoxed by the crossword. We are always grateful for comments, suggestions and contributions; this issue inspired several! Guy Story’s discovery […]

November Dinner

Sadly, the traditional November dinner at Dulwich College has now been cancelled. This decision was driven by the government guidelines relating to Covid-19 and the events policy adopted by Dulwich College.  In a positive light, we plan to view this as a mere postponement – and intend to restart our activities in 2021. If gatherings […]

Athy Autumn School

  20th Shackleton Autumn School – cancelled this year The Athy Heritage Centre’s Shackleton Autumn School is the only Polar School in Ireland and was established to commemorate the explorer in the county of his birth. It provides a forum for discussion and debate on polar exploration and the presentation of artistic works relevant to Shackleton and his […]

May updates

News from one of the projects the JCS is sponsoring Shackleton the Penguin, the team mascot for ReQuest2021, has something to celebrate: the scout team of eight from Kent and two from Scotland have recently hit the halfway point with fundraising for their Antarctic Research Project! The team would like to say a huge thank […]

It’s almost time to decide on the shackleton award …

The purpose of The Shackleton Award is to honour outstanding expedition achievements and to inspire today’s explorers to new expeditions into unknown territories or conditions. The award will be given annually to an expedition found to be ‘real and novel, un-motorized and within polar areas or conditions’.  You have until 15th JANUARY 2017 to make your nomination.  […]

Film premiere of South 2015: an Antarctic voyage to remember

1900 Wednesday 14 June 2017 Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR £14 A spectacular and moving film about the work done to commemorate Britons who lost their lives in British Antarctic Territory gets its first showing at a special event introduced by Polar explorer, Felicity Aston MBE. The British Antarctic Monument Trust created […]

South Georgia Association

New and future science Saturday 10 November at the Aurora Cambridge A chance to discover more about the groundbreaking scientific research being done in South Georgia and the surrounding seas. This full day event will consist of presentations by scientists who are currently actively involved in the area, and will be of particular interest to […]

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