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.

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

'Back to Nature'Activity Day - The Polar Museum
10.30 am - 3.30 pm Saturday 18 March

Explore the wonders of Nature at the Poles! Penguins, plants and colour changing skies, all at our Polar science activity day! There will be range of drop in activities for ages 3+. For further details visit the Polar Museum website


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

Family Fun Day at The Library of Birmingham
Saturday 8 April 11:00 - 16:30

On Saturday 8 April the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust will be going to the Library of Birmingham to host a Family Fun Day from 11:00 - 16:30. There will be a range of fun activities from storytelling to Antarctic dress up. The event will be on the third floor right by the Enduring Eye exhibition which is sponsored by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust. This promises to be a fun day out perfect for the Easter Holiday. If you would like to find out more you can 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

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
28 April - 30 April


Do you have what it takes to be a polar explorer? Think the poles are just dead, icy wastes? Think again! This year we are joining the British Antarctic Survey, and the Polar Museum in the Pavilion on Marine Parade, Lyme Regis from 28th to 30th April, for hands-on activities, storytelling and much more for all the family. 

Discover how Polar scientists, past and present, have equipped themselves to study geology and the environment in the Antarctic.  Get kitted out ready for fieldwork in the coldest, driest places on earth! Explore the field camp and see the survival rations that keep you fed for weeks at a time in places thousands of miles from any shops. Visit for more information.



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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