TALKS

TALKS ARE IN 2 GROUPS ON ANTARCTICA: GENERAL TOPICS AND SPECIFIC ANTARCTIC HEROES–PLUS I HAVE ONE TALK ON A FAMOUS VICTORIAN ARTIST,SIR HUBERT von HERKOMER

In the past few years I have presented to:

London – The Liberal Club, The London Appreciation Society,The Royal Society of Biology,The Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of Surgeons, The Royal Society of Medicine, The Medical Society of London, The London Glamorgan Society. The Athenaeum Club Pall Mall, the Savile Club. FiSH. Guys Hospital (Gordon Museum).

Wales-The Captain Scott Society, The History of Medicine Society of Wales, Probus(Cardiff). The Civic Society, Colwyn Bay.

USA- The Boston Travellers Club, The Boston Explorers Club.

Switzerland -The Residents Association (Vevey)

Scotland- A Royal Scottish Geographical Society tour of the Borders, The Friends of Dundee Heritage. The Arctic Club (Annual Meeting in Edinburgh).

Literary Festivals-Cheltenham and St Albens

The South Pole-sium

The Royal Geographical Society (N/W Division)

HMS Victory

National Heath Retirement Fellowships, U3As, WIs Schools (Malvern St James), History Societies.

GENERAL

1)‘The Unveiling of Antarctica’

For centuries the actual existence of Antarctica was uncertain. Captain Cook got near to the continent in the 1770s, but did not actually see it and its existence was not definitely proved until the 1820s. Some of the magnificent explorers who discovered Antarctica’s mysteries are described. The talk goes up to the 1950s

2)‘Antarctica to-day’

A brief history of the huge changes and advances in Antarctica in the 1900s and this century.

3)‘Voyages of The Discovery’

This trusty ship battled against the elements to get the explorers to Antarctica. Details of the ship, her construction and her journeys after her Antarctic voyages will be illustrated. She is now berthed in Dundee & visited by thousands

ANTARCTIC HEROES

4)‘Dr Edward Wilson, Captain Scott’s Confidant and Friend’

Wilson was a doctor, artist and naturalist as well as an explorer. Scott valued him highly and he went with Scott on both the British Antarctic expeditions of the early 1900s. On the first expedition ‘The Discovery Expedition’, Wilson, with Scott and Ernest Shackleton got as far south as 82°, a first. He was one of the five men who reached the South Pole in 1912. and, aged 39, he died with Scott and their companions on the return from the Pole

5)‘Chief Petty Officer Edgar Evans Scott’s Invaluable Assistant’

Edgar Evans followed Scott loyally. In return, his practicality, humour, strength and stamina were greatly appreciated by Scott. He was on the final assault to the South Pole and was the first to die on the return, In a remarkable example of class prejudice; he was blamed, in some quarters, for the death of the whole party. His reputation has only recently been reassessed. The talk goes over his eventful life.

6)‘Shackleton, His Life and Times’

Shackleton led three expeditions to the Antarctic and was a crew member on a fourth. He is justly famous for escaping with all his crew, from the icy grip of the Weddell Sea during his momentous expedition of 1914-1916 and for his incredible 800mile sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. But he achieved more than this. In 1909 he got to within 100 miles of the South Pole the first expedition to get so far on the Antarctic plateau. He lived up to his family motto, ‘By Endurance we Conquer’.

7)‘Mawson The Australian scientist and Explorer’

Mawson was a brilliant Australian academic who achieved much in the way of science. He is well known for his three-man exploration along that section of Antarctica south of Australia. On this sortie, his young British companion fell down a crevasse and perished. As Mawson and his remaining companion Mertz, struggled back to base, Mertz became shockingly ill and died also, possibly from ingesting excessive vitamin A. The story of Mawson’s epic struggle to return to his base is gripping

8)’Captain Scott’s Men’

Dr Edward Wilson and Chief Petty Officer Edgar Evans came from very different backgrounds, had different education and experiences. They were united however in their admiration and loyalty to Scott and this talk discusses their different contributions to the expeditions

9) William Speirs Bruce, Arctic and Antarctic explorer

Bruce is perhaps the least known of the explorers of the early 1900s but he made huge scientific achievements. His emphasis on science (rather than newsworthy exploration) and his reserved, serious nature, meant that his new findings were not well disseminated beyond the scientific community for many years, but his work is now being reassessed widely and his achievements appreciated.

AND . . . BY CONTRAST!

10)Sir Hubert von Herkomer R.A.
This Bavarian artist became one of the most popular artists in the Victorian period in England. He painted many interesting portraits of the good and the great in England and in Boston U.S.A. He was so much accepted that he was invited to paint Queen Victoria on her death bed, an unusual honour for a commoner and, (though a nationalized British citizen), a German. His fall from popularity was dramatic; he died at the onset of the First World War and by the end of that war, anti German sentiment was rife in Britain. Also, by this time, appreciation of styles of painting had changed greatly with the advent of Modernism that was contrasted unfavourably with his naturalism. His work is gradually being revalued.

TALKS PRESENTED/TO BE PRESENTED

2018

23/04/18 Medical Society of London (British Explorers early 1900s. What did they achieve?)

12/04/18 U3A St Ives (The Unveiling of Antarctica)

16/05/18 The Athenaeum Club Pall Mall (Sir Hubert von Herkomer)

08/10/18 Probus. Shaftesbury (Shackleton)

10/09/18 Masonic Club Uxbridge (Shackleton)

15/11/18 Royal Soc.Medicine, London (Shackleton)

2017

18/01/17 English Speaking Union, Salisbury (Shackleton)

26/01/17 Age Concern Ware (Shackleton)

02/02/17 Welwyn Garden Campus Club (Shackleton)

14/02/17 Kings Langley WI (Shackleton)

08/03/17 University of Canterbury, Christchurch, (Wilson)

New Zealand (Antarctic Soc/History Soc))

03/05/17 Royal.Geog.Soc.London, Microsoft Group (Shackleton)

13/05/17 SouthPole-Sium Oslo, Norway (Bruce)

16/05/17 FiSH Barnes (Bruce)

04/07/17 Hatfield Mitre Club (Shackleton)

05/07/17 Bedford U3A (Shackleton)

26/09/17 Lancaster U3A (Shackleton)

19/09/17 Scott Polar Research Institute (Bruce)

2016

12/01/16 Bolsham WI (Shackleton)

18/01/16 Hertford U3A (Shackleton)

01/02/16 Wwelwyn Garden Campus Club (Shackleton)

11/02/16 Nat Health Retirement Fell.Enfield (Captain Scott’s Men)

02/03/16 Malvern,StJames School Malvern (Shackleton)

07/03/16 Society of Biology, London (Shackleton)

10/3/16 W.I. Royston, Herts (Shackleton)

18/03/16 Gordon Museum, Guy’s Hospital (Shackleton)

13/04/16 Civic Society, Colwyn Bay (Shackleton)

19/04/16 FiSH Barnes (Shackleton)

19/05/16 Mid Herts Wives Fellowship (von Herkomer)

16/06/16 Probus Group, Cardiff (Edgar Evans)

19/07/16 Fred Olsen Cruise ‘Balmoral’ (Bruce)

20/07/16 W.I Potters Bar (Wilson)

26/07/16 National Liberal Club. London (Shackleton)

18/09/16 HMS ‘VICTORY’ Portsmouth (Edgar Evans)

03/10/16 Royal College Physicians, London (Shackleton)

14/10/16 Captain Scott Society, Cardiff (Bruce)

27/10/16 Royal Geog.Soc.N.W Divn. Ambleside (Bruce)

09/11/16 East Herts NHS Retirement Club (von Herkomer)

11/11/16 Evergreen Club Sandy, Beds (Shackleton)

06/13/16 London Appreciation Society (Shackleton)

09/12/16 The Letchworth Settlement (Shackleton)

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