We have had many guest speakers give talks at the museum over the years on a wide range of subjects. From Shackleton to geology, the 1982 conflict to Chinese ceramics. No subjects are off limits.
They are a great chance to learn about specialist subjects, recent projects or specific areas of history.
Our new friend, Joe, Member of the Board of Directors of the Shackleton Museum in Athy, gave two talks during his visit to the Islands in February. The first was on 'Shackleton's Forgotten Men'. Joe told the amazing story of the 10 brave men who ended up stranded in Antarctica for 10 months after the loss of their ship. Out of the 10 men, only 7 survived.
Joe also gave a fascinating talk on the project of finding and conserving the cabin in which Shackleton died and it's eventual display in the explorer's birth place.
Dr Jim McAdam made a welcome return to the museum to give an update on the Ilen project. Jim showed the audience many pictures of her re-build and a short film of her 'maiden' voyage to Greenland in July 2019.
During Conor O'Brien's famous circumnavigation in the yacht Saoirse in 1924, he broke his homeward journey to stop in Stanley. His visit led to the F.I.C. commissioning a larger version of his yacht – the auxiliary ketch Ilen.
The Ilen served 60 busy years in the Falklands, before being returned to Ireland in 1997. Here the ketch was extensively repaired and has been born again as the inspiration for a not-for-profit school run by the A.K. Ilen Company. Learn more about the project here: http://www.ilen.ie/
Bailey returned to tell the incredible story of the wreck of the Isabella, her rescue by the Nanina, the betrayal of the Nanina's Captain, Charles Barnard and his eventual rescue after being marooned on New Island for over a year. It is a difficult story to fit into an hour however Bailey just about managed it.
Bailey then gave his second talk on the Battles of Coronel and the Falklands, detailing the disastrous defeat of the British at the Battle of Coronel. Then Britain's retaliation and triumph against Von Spee's fleet in the Battle of the Falklands.
Alan Hinkes OBE is an English Himalayan high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. Alan visited the Islands in December 2019 and took time out his busy schedule to visit us here at the museum and gave two talks on his adventures climbing the highest mountains in the world including Everest and K2. Alan is the first Briton to climb the world’s 14 highest mountains (those above 8,000 metres), being one of only 12 people alive who have achieved this challenge – the same number of people who have stood on the moon!