Shackleton 100: Centenary of the Departure of Endurance
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Led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition aimed to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. It failed to accomplish this but instead became recognised as an epic feat of endurance when Shackleton rescued all 27 of his men and bought them home without a single loss of life.

2014 marks the centenary of the departure of the Endurance and the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society have organised this event in commemoration. Below is a listing of talks and events. View the final programme for full details including ticket information for each session.

Wednesday 6 August

  • 5.30pm-6.30pm: Launch reception for VIPs, patrons, speakers and committee members
  • 6.15pm: Unveiling of commemorative plaque (Hon Alexandra Shackleton)
  • 8pm-9.15pm: Pre-event illustrated talk (pay on the door) 'Dr Leonard Hussey's account of the 1914-17 Shackleton Expedition' (Geoff Selley)

Thursday 7 August

  • From 8.45am: Registration 
  • 9.15am: Welcome and ‘Shackleton's Plymouth connections’ (Paul Davies, Chairman DCPS)
  • 9.45am: 'Shackleton - the man and the myth' (Michael Smith) 
  • 10.50am: Coffee 
  • 11.20am ‘What if Shackleton had landed: would he have got across Antarctica?’ (Robert Burton, SGA) 
  • 12.25pm-1.45pm: Lunch break
  • 1.45pm: ‘Mrs Shackleton - the great explorers through the eyes of their women’ (Kari Herbert)
  • 2.45pm: ‘The tragic events of the Mount Hope depot laying party - brought to light through the 1915-16 diaries’ (Wilson McOrist)
  • 3.45pm: Close and tea 
  • 4pm-6pm: Historic sailing ship The Phoenix open for viewing (£4 entry, children free) (Millbay Dock)
  • 6.30pm-7.30pm: Edwardian music and songs by Yelcho
  • 7.30pm: Centenary commemorative dinner (black tie, if possible)
    Presiding: Denis Wilkins, President DCPS 
    Guest of honour: The Hon Alexandra Shackleton 
    After dinner speaker: 'Celebrating the past, inspiring the future' (Seb Coulthard, Shackleton EPIC Expedition) 

Friday 8 August 

  • From 7am: Breakfast 
  • 9am: ‘Bergy bits' - short inputs from a range of polar people including Sir James Perowne, Chairman, James Caird Society; Sarah Lurcock, South Georgia Museum; and Geir Glover, Fram Museum, Oslo
  • 10am: Open Forum
  • 10.30am: Coffee 
  • 11am: Depart for to Clyde Quay, Millbay Dock (15 minutes' walk) 
  • 11.30am: Plaque unveiling on Clyde Quay by the Hon Alexandra Shackleton (public event)
  • 12pm: Re-enactment of the departure of Endurance by the historic sailing ship The Phoenix from Clyde Quay with display by the Plymouth Pipe Band and the Antarctic Adventurers (public event)
  • 12.30pm-2pm: Lunch and end of event
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Book a package with hotel accommodation at (tel: +44 1752 275850).

Book the centenary dinner and lectures without hotel accommodation using the form from the Devon and Cornwall Polar Society website or email Paul Coslett.

This event is supported by Plymouth University.

Shackleton 100 contact details

Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3LG

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