The board of a famed Oslo Museum met for the first time outside Norway in Athy as part of this year's Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October Bank Holiday. Directors of The Fram Museum, which tells the story of polar exploration, attended the 18th annual School at the Athy Heritage Centre Museum.
The Autumn School, which was opened by the Norwegian Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency, Else Berit Eikeland, commemorates the achievements of Kilkea-born 20th century explorer Shackleton. Shackleton’s 1914-16 Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic is regarded as one of the epic stories of human survival.
The Ernest Shackleton Autumn School is a project of Athy Heritage Centre Museum, supported by Kildare Failte and Kildare County Council.
"We hope the experiences of the board of the famous Fram Museum will serve as a calling card for Kildare," said Aine Mangan, CEO, Kildare Failte.
"We are very conscious of the role that the memory and achievements of Ernest Shackleton can play in developing the visitor offering in Kildare."
"Also, our county offers wonderful opportunities for corporate gatherings such as these, and we hope that this event will further build on Kildare’s relationship with the Fram Museum."
"We are grateful that the Board of the Fram Museum travelled to spend time commemorating Shackleton and exploring and enjoying a wealth of Kildare experiences."
Locally, the Council is supporting redevelopment plans for a new Shackleton Polar theme museum in the former Town Hall building in Athy’s historic Emily Square.
2830— Seamus Taaffe (standing on the left) of the Board of Directors, Athy Heritage Centre, with the Board of Directors group from the Fram Museum (Oslo) who held their Annual Board Meeting in Athy.