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Shackleton 100

Adventure and Integrity are surely demonstrated most vividly by one of our most famous Old Alleynians, Sir Ernest Shackleton. 5 January 2022 marked one hundred years since Ernest Shackleton died following a heart attack aged 47.  At the time of his death he was on board his ship Quest, anchored off Grytviken in South Georgia in the Southern Ocean.

Shackleton Timeline

Shackleton and Rowett

James Caird

After Shackleton's death in 1922, Dr John Quiller Rowett OA, a school friend and sponsor of Shackleton's final expedition on the Quest, presented the James Caird to Dulwich College...

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Shackleton's final voyage on the Quest

Funeral of Sir Earnest Shackleton

Shackleton’s body was originally to be sent back to England for burial. When his wife Emily heard what had happened, she decided that her husband should be buried on South Georgia.

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Shackleton and Rowett


Shackleton attempted the Antarctic for the final time on the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition, which had the goal of circumnavigating the continent.

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Sir Ernest Shackleton Portrait


In 1908, he led the British Antarctic Expedition and his sledging party reached within 180 km of the South Pole, claiming Victoria Land plateau...

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Painting  of The Discovery Shackleton


After becoming a sublieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve in 1901, he joined Capt. Robert Falcon Scott’s British National Antarctic Expedition as third lieutenant.

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Shackleton 100 Events at Dulwich College

Dulwich College is marking the centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton's death with a series of events and exhibitions.

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Shackleton 100, External Resources and Events

Below you will find details of a curated collection of events and experiences of all things Shackleton 100 for you to enjoy.

ReQuest2021 is a programme of activity centred around an expedition to Antarctica to commemorate the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition of 1921-1922. 100 years after Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Quest sailed to Antarctica, a ten strong team of Scouts and leaders are recreating the original ethos of the expedition by undertaking their own voyage to the frozen south. Find out more by visiting ReQuest2021.

You can explore Shackleton’s Hut on the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust site.

The South Georgia Museum have a virtual tour of their ‘Shackleton’s Last Quest’ exhibition which you can view.

On the centenary of Shackleton's death Dan Snow, the historian and television presenter, boarded the Discovery Dundee to announce that he will be going on an expedition to find Shackleton's famous shipwreck, Endurance, in the Antarctic. History Hit will be posting, podcasting and streaming the whole way.  

The BFI Southbank will be showing South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic, the original film - exquisitely photographed by Frank Hurley - of Shackleton’s 1914-16 expedition to Antarctica on the Endurance. For one night only, on 27 January, you can watch the film with a special live score performed by the Covent Garden Sinfonia. It is then being show with the original soundtrack from 28 January right through to 10 February. Book tickets here

The Antarctic Quest 21, a team of scientists set off on a research expedition across Antarctica in December in his memory. The group set off from Plymouth as Shackleton did for his final mission 100 years ago. You can view the live stream here

The Shackleton Medal, The Shackleton clothing brand has announced that the Shackleton medal will recognise and celebrate individuals who dedicate their time, resources and ingenuity to raise awareness of, our polar crisis.

National Maritime Museum, On January 5th 2022, a sledge used during Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition has found a new home in the National Maritime Museum.

Shackleton and the James Caird

The College have produced a new film to celebrate the extraordinary life of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his exploits with the James Caird. Originally intended to support primary school learning (KS2) during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hoped to be of use to all interested parties.

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