Shackleton : The James Caird Society



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The James Caird Society has a membership of over 600 worldwide. Most of the support comes from the United Kingdom but the total includes more than 120 in North America, with others in Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Zambia.

Through lectures, newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television features and all the means at its disposal, the Society seeks to preserve the name and reputation of that most resilient of Antarctic explorers of the 'Heroic Age', Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The Society maintains close liaison with other institutions concerned with the Antarctic. These include The British Antarctic Survey, the Royal Geographical Society, the Scott Polar Research Institute, the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, the Falkland Islands Association, the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and similar institutions overseas.

To enable members to meet one another, the Society holds regular evening meetings, when Members and their guests dine beside the James Caird at Dulwich College, followed by a lecture on some subject of interest.

The James Caird Society Annual Newsletter is circulated free to all society members, keeping them in touch with the society's activities and developments, and a substantial Journal with learned articles and reviews is produced from time to time.

Some recent items featured in the Newsletter include the opening by the Hon.Alexandra Shackleton, the Society's President, of the new Shackleton Library at the Scott-Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, the Shackleton Exhibition at Dulwich College, the celebration of Shackleton's 125th anniversary, the display of the James Caird at such venues as the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, the forthcoming Shackleton Centenary Expedition celebrating the Nimrod expedition, and much else.

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Lord Shackleton, KG, PC, OBE, Sir Ernest's younger son (1911-1994), was the Society's Life President at its inception. The Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, the explorer's granddaughter, became President at the start of 1995.

The Society's Founder and first Chairman was Harding McGregor Dunnett, author of the only book specifically about the James Caird, who was succeeded as Chairman in 2000 by Major-General Patrick Fagan, CB, MBE. In 2006 Patrick was in turn succeeded by Vice-Admiral Sir James Perowne, KBE.

President : The Hon.Alexandra Shackleton
Chairman : Vice-Admiral Sir James Perowne, KBE
Vice Chairman : Mr.John Bardell
Hon Secretary : Mrs.Pippa Hare
Hon Treasurer : Mr.Tony Parker
Committee : Mr.Stephen Scott-Fawcett FRGS, Mr.David MacLean,

Former Chairman: Major-General Patrick Fagan, CB MBE

Former Committee members: Mrs.Calista Luc, (Archivist, Dulwich College, Ex-Officio). Dr.Ann Savours Shirley, Dr.Jan Piggott, FSA, Mr. Anthony Harvey.



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