Shackleton Anniversary Expedition 2021

by Antony Jinman in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 23rd November 2021 we successfully raised £50,277 with 106 supporters in 167 days

Going to the ends of the earth to commemorate one of the world's greatest explorers and to use science to save our planet. Help us to do it!

by Antony Jinman in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With more money we will be able to reach more schools and pupils delivering polar science workshops and raising awareness for environmental issues. In addition, we'll also be able to offer more opportunities to young adults to join a series of mini expeditions on Dartmoor. Places will be offered to young people in Plymouth from lower socio-economic groups, BAME groups and disabled young people. These expeditions will help bring people together, forge friendships and develop life skills such as problem solving, resilience and team work.  


100 years ago one of the world's greatest polar explorers set out on a mission to use science to save our planet. Shackleton left Plymouth for Antarctica and his final Quest in Winter 1921. Tragically he died before he could complete it. 

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Now a crack team of serving and ex-military men and women from the Royal Navy and the Army are setting out to finish what he started and in doing so make history. 

Braving the most inhospitable climate, the most unforgiving terrain and the most remote of locations they will gather vital information and carry out scientific experiments essential to our understanding of how to repair our broken planet.

The team will cross the Antarctic peninsular and go, quite literally, to the ends of the earth to collect data samples and bring them back for analysis into the level of micro-plastic contamination and metallic deposition influencing the carbon cycle. 

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The team will also carry out real-time observation and install equipment what will inform us in real time about the loss of ice from Antarctica leading to sea level rise, all of which are products of climate change.

Combatting climate change is only possible with real-life data such as this.

The team's aim is to celebrate the life and achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton who is famous for his incredible 'Endurance' Expedition and the astonishing leadership he showed which saved his crew when their ship was crushed by ice.

Many people know about the Endurance Expedition but few know of his 1921 expedition on board the M.V. Quest, a journey to conduct science and exploration, that was tragically cut short after he died before the science itself could begin in earnest.

'Shackleton's Quest' will recreate that dream. The team will operate in the spirit of Shackleton, conducting scientific experiments, gathering data and informing, educating and inspiring people across Plymouth, the UK and beyond about the importance of science, climate change and sustainability. 

The team will also be conducting experiments on mental health and physical strength. 

In January 2022 they will carry out a special commemoration service to mark 100 years since the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Throughout the expedition schoolchildren from all over the world will be given the opportunity to tune in to the work of the modern-day explorers and follow their historic quest virtually from the comfort of their own classrooms.

The Outreach and Legacy

To support the expedition the team will also look to deliver a series of workshops and courses for both school children and young adults. Our school outreach work will focus on polar science and history for schools across Plymouth and the South West, whilst also offering courses for young adults looking to develop their own personal skills. 

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Upon our return and in the spring 2022 we will deliver a series of mini expeditions on Dartmoor and offer places to young people in Plymouth from lower socio-economic groups, BAME groups and disabled young people. These expeditions will help bring people together, forge friendships and develop life skills such as problem solving, resilience and team work.

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Our aim is to help strengthen our community by sharing our experiences and knowledge of working in extreme environments, so that we can help enrich young peoples personal skills and help them lead successful lives. 

1636538101_img_1888.jpgMoney raised and stretch target ..

Money raised during this crowdfunding campaign will go towards our flights and expedition equipment, whilst also enabling us to deliver our education and outreach activities. The more money we are able to raise, the more young people we will be able to offer opportunities too and can participate in our workshops and courses. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£100 or more

Exclusive Expedition Photo Book

An exclusive hardcover photo book of the expedition signed by the team and foreword by The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton. Photographs will be taken during the expedition and the book will be printed and sent to you following the return the UK. These photographs will document the journey and make a great memento of this historic expedition.

£10 or more

Shout out on social media

A big thank you and shout out on our social media channels

£15 or more

13 of 20 claimed

Expedition team badge

Be part of the team with your own iron-on or velcro expedition badge identical to the ones the crew themselves will be wearing on the quest.

£30 or more

Expedition Baseball Cap

Be part of the team and become a brand ambassador for the expedition, and wear your baseball cap with pride!

£50 or more

2 of 3 claimed

£50 Reward

Exclusive: a poem written by team leader Paul Hart. Like Shackleton before him, Paul writes poetry and will send you one after the trip to commemorate the team's time on the ice.

£50 or more

19 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition Signed Shackleton Whisky

Shackleton Whisky is based on the spirit personally ordered by Sir Ernest Shackleton to bolster team spirit on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), later discovered a century later frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp. Signed by the team and The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

£100 or more

10 of 100 claimed

£100 Reward

Invite an explorer into your classroom and also get your school's logo on our Shackleton memorial flag! Join the expedition 'virtually' from anywhere in the world.

£400 or more

Polar Fun Day

Invite an explorer into your classroom for an interactive day to inspire pupils and learn about the polar regions

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Expedition presentation at your workplace

Find out first hand the trials and tribulations of an Antarctic Quest. Enjoy an exclusive one hour presentation from one of the expedition team.

£2,000 or more

2 of 8 claimed

£2000 Reward

Sponsor a sled. Get your logo all over one of the eight historic pulks as the team drag it across the Antarctic to complete Shackleton's Quest.

£25 or more

10 of 10 claimed

Original Shackleton whiskey signed by the team

A bottle of original-recipe Shackleton whiskey signed by the expedition team.

£30 or more

20 of 20 claimed

Signed original Shackleton whiskey

A bottle of original-recipe Shackleton whiskey signed by The Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand-daughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The General's wine.

The General's wine. One Magnum of Chateau du Domain D'Eglise 2017 donated by our science patron Lt General Richard Nugee.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£120 Reward

Berghaus Extrem 7000 Belay Hydrodown Jacket. The down is waterproof. Super warm and comfortable. Size medium.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Tickets for Britannia RN College Summer Ball

A pair of tickets for the summer ball at the Royal Naval College, as guest of team leader Lt Commander Paul Hart.

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Elliot Brown Mountain Rescue Watch

Exclusive offer of an Elliot Brown Mountain Rescue Watch, usually retailing at £380, yours for just £350.

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