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ON THIS DATE ON 1854 Andrée

On 18 October, 1884, Salomon August Andrée was born in Gränna, Sweden.

The incredible story of S. A. Andrée is one that I have only recently come across. I won’t say much about it here. I will simply leave you, our …

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On This Date in 1885 Hurley


On 15 October, 1885, Frank Hurley was born in Sydney. His photographs of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition have shaped how we visually think of the men, the landscape and the hardships, as well as the amusements,…

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Ernest to Emily

I have already made arrangements with Heinemann…and it means £10,000 if we are successful…and the book can pay off guarantees if the people really want them but I think they will not ask for them if we are successful…’

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Looking for more polar adventure stories?

Just in case the breath-taking stories of Sir Ernest Shackleton are not enough to keep you enthralled and entertained, why not indulge your polar interests with those of Sir John Franklin, Capt. Roald Amundsen, Capt.…

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Hiberno-English evident in Shackleton’s voice recording?

After returning from his Nimrod expedition, recordings were made of Shackleton speaking about his experiences. In his book, Shackleton: A Life in Poetry, Jim Mayer wrote:

‘There are no traces of an Irish accent,…

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Shackleton’s Bible given to him by Queen Alexandra

My apologies for the tardiness of this post, another piece of writing has been occupying my attention of late. John O’Reilly, the exhibition’s managing director, asked me recently to research Perce Blackborow

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Easter: The Endurance Christian heritage

Easter is the time of year at which Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here at the Shackleton exhibition, it got us thinking on the faith of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Christian heritage of the …

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BlOG #30 March 2015

Saint Patrick’s Day gave us here at the exhibition an appropriate opportunity to ponder on the men aboard the Endurance who were born in Ireland. Below is a short word on the four the crew members born on the island of …

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BLOG #1 Feb 2015

It was interesting to see the article in the Irish Times on Saturday 7th February with the heading “Shackleton: one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known”. This was a book review by Tim Jarvis of Michael

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