Events: What's On

You don't need to go all the way to the Antarctica to get a taste of what life is and was like on the frozen continent.  Part of our work in bringing Antarctic heritage to life is either running exclusive events for our members, providing access to other interesting events or simply keeping you up to date on the most exciting Antarctic events taking place.  Discover here the latest polar-themed events taking place around the UK and if you don't see something that takes your fancy this time around, bookmark the page and come back again!

RGS Enduring Eye Exhibition - The Library of Birmingham
18 January 2017-23 April 2017

The Royal Geographical Society Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley will be in Birmingham from January 2017, find out more click here.

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival on display in this remarkable exhibition created by the Society, curated by polar historian Meredith Hooper. 

The exhibition continues its tour of venues across the UK in January, with Birmingham its next destination.  During the tour of the exhibition, Shackleton's Endurance: Discovering Our Shared Antarctic Heritage, a project enabled by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is exploring local links to the Endurance expedition and the ways in which the experiences of the men - and their knowledge of Antarctica  - came to be shared, understood, and then inspire people across the United Kingdom. Local links and visitor reminiscences will be posted throughout the exhibition's tour.

Dick Laws: Antarctic Scientist and Artist, A retrospective
1 March 2017-25 March 2017

Antarctic Scientist and Artist, A retrospective will feature the work of former Director of the British Antarctic Survey and founding trustee of UKAHT, Dick Laws (1926-2014). Dick Laws was a zoologist, and also a fine wildlife artist, and this retrospective of his work will tease out the links between his scientific and artistic practice.

The Yorkshire Ones' Three Ships Exhibition
2 March 2017-28 April2017

The Yorkshire Ones has organised an exhibition of textiles and mixed media inspired by three Hull Ships, Captian Cook's Resolution. The Morning, Captian Colebeck's ship sent to Antarctica to relieve Scott's Discovery and the last remaining Hull Steam Trawler Viola

The exhibition will be at the Hull Maritime Museum. For further information contact Vivien Stamford on 01262 679650 or email

Songs of the Morning
1pm Sunday 5 March 2017

The Yorkshire Ones has organised a lunch and concert on Sunday 5 March at 1pm at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club. They will perform original songs composed by the members of the crew of the Morning, Captained by RYYC member William Colbeck. Morning was sent to the Antarctic to rescue Scott's 1901-1904 Discovery expedition. 

Tickets cost £15. For further information email

Soloist - Matthew Pollard, Rector of Bridlington Priory 

Pianist - Katie Colbrook

Why do Scott and Shackleton matter ? Making sense of Britain’s relationship to the Antarctic – Prof Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway University of London.
6.30pm Thursday 30 March 2017

Captain Robert Scott (1868-1912) and Ernest Shackleton (184-1922) were for generations of British and Commonwealth citizens understood to be explorer-heroes despite their varying fortunes in Antarctica. Over time, a veritable cottage industry has sprung up lionising, evaluating, criticising, and belittling their reputations. Instead Proffessor Dodds will take you on another journey – where we tackle their hidden legacies – and show how it shapes today’s ‘polar geopolitics’. Along the way, find out what ‘Boaty McBoatface’ was all about !

Venue:  Field Studies Centre, Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collections, Selborne, Hants, GU34 3JH. Contact: Louise Brown, T 01420 511275, email

Antarctica: From Geology to Human History
Starts Saturday 15 April

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to explore Antarctica, but Victoria University of Wellington’s first massive open online course (MOOC) will allow anyone, anywhere, to do just that—and for free.

Enrolments are now open for Antarctica: From Geology to Human History on the global edX platform—a nonprofit, open-source technology platform founded by prestigious United States universities Harvard and MIT and governed by universities for universities.

Antarctica: From Geology to Human History starts on Saturday 15 April. Enroll now, for free, online:

For more information contact Kristina Keogh on 04-463 5163 or

The Hidden face of Antarctica, revealing the Secrets beneath the ice – Professor David Vaughn, British Antarctic Survey
6.30pm Thursday 27 April 2017

Beneath Antarctica’s vast ice sheets are mountain ranges the size of the Alps, lakes bigger than Windermere, rivers, streams and ancient volcanoes. Prof Vaughn will lead the audience on a journey through the secrets of this mysterious frozen world, and explains why what happens there matters to us all. Professor David Vaughan is the Director of Science at BAS with responsibility for the strategic development and excellence in scientific output of the science teams employed by the British Antarctic Survey.  

Venue:  Field Studies Centre, Gilbert White’s House and The Oates Collections, Selborne, Hants, GU34 3JH. Contact: Louise Brown, T 01420 511275, email

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