Shackleton Anniversary Expedition 2021

by Antony Jinman in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom


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This project will only be funded if at least £30,000 is pledged by 20th July 2021 at 3:14pm

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

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. 


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. 

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Shout out on social media

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

£15 or more

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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.

£50 or more

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£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.

£100 or more

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£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.

£120 or more

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£120 Reward

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

£250 or more

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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

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Elliot Brown Mountain Rescue Watch

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

£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

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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

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£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

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Original Shackleton whiskey signed by the team

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

£30 or more

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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

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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.

Let's make 'Shackleton Anniversary Expedition 2021' happen

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