The Centenary of the Endurance Expedition was celebrated with a series of events from August 2014 through to September 2016. The snippets below give a flavour of all that was going on; our Newsletters give a fuller picture.
BBC Radio 4 is to repeat the play Beyond Endurance, by Meredith Hooper, starring Dominic West as Sir Ernest Shackleton, on Friday 15 April at 2.15. Voted BBC Drama of the Week, it will coincide with the exact date on which Shackleton and his men reached Elephant Island in 1916. The play recounts the vivid and harrowing story of their four and a half months marooned on the island.
The next Meeting of the James Caird Society will be on Friday 13 May. The President, the Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, will give a talk about her grandfather. This will be followed by dinner. Both take place in the Great Hall of Dulwich College.
The highlight of the Endurance expedition centenary will be a memorial service in Westminster Abbey on Friday 20 May at 12.00. All JCS members will be invited to apply for (individual) tickets via the Eventbrite (online event) website from around the middle of March.
For all the latest about Sir Ernest Shackleton and Endurance, visit Stephen Scott-Fawcett's splendid Facebook blog at www.facebook.com/groups/6533344678/10154072668034679where you will find lots of information.
The Shackleton Endurance stamps issued for the Centenary are beautifully produced and have has been selling well in Post Offices throughout the country. Hurley's black and white pictures illustrate each stage of the 1914-16 expedition, from Endurance asail to scenes on the ice, the landing on Elephant Island, the launching of the James Caird, and the final rescue.