Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Welcome to the Matrix Shackleton Centenary Expedition website

We are the descendants of Sir Ernest Shackleton's band of Antarctic explorers.

In 2008-09 we recreated the 1909 Nimrod Expedition, originally intended to be the first mission to the South Pole. To go to the Expedition map to hear team members daily broadcasts from Antarctica click here

Expedition map

The original team got to within ninety-seven miles of the Pole before being forced back: one hundred years later WIll Gow, Henry Worsley and Henry Adams finished the business our forefathers began re-creating the journey in its entirety before going on and reaching the Pole. At the 97 mile point they were met by Dave Cornell, Ronnie Gray, Andy Ledger, Tim Fright and their guide Matty McNair who reached the Pole two days later.

Our efforts go towards raising funds and awareness for The Shackleton Foundation, to honour the original crew and celebrate their pioneering spirit.

The original team.jpg

You can read more about the Shackleton Foundation and what we stand for, about the expedition, the team and matters Polar on this site.

A massive thank you to all of the friends, families, supporters and work colleagues who helped us get there. The next step for us all is to ensure that the Shackleton Foundation is a self-sustaining charity in perpetuity that Sir Ernest Shackleton would have been proud of. To find out more about the Shackleton Foundation, you can visit the Shackleton Foundation website.

Forthcoming Lectures

Henry Worsley (HW), Henry Adams (HA) and Will Gow (WG) are going to be giving a number of lectures across the country over the next few weeks and months. Please see below for venues, dates and times

Haslemere Prep HW 16 March 09. 6 & 7.30pm
Newbury HW to be decided
Birketts, Norwich HA 23 March
Birketts, Ipswich HA 26 March
Birketts, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge HA 26 March
Fortis WG 2 Apr 09
Rugby School WG 21 Apr 09
BAFTA ALL 23 Apr 09
Cothill School HW 15 May 09. 6.30pm
Wellesley House School WG 15 May 09
Scottish RGS HW 16 May 09
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester HW 26 May 2009. 7pm
Dragon School HW 29 May 09. 7pm
Spring Grove School, Wye, Kent
click here for further details WG and HW 5 June 09
Sheffield Haworth 11 June 09
Blackawton Primary School 26 June 09
South Devon Primary Schools 26 June 09
Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth 27 June 09
The Flavel Centre, Dartmouth
click here for further details HA 27 June 09
Miller Insurance WG 3 July 09
The Courtyard, Hereford 19 Sep 09
Radley School HW 9 Oct 2009. 12 noon
Cheam School HW 9 Oct 09. 5pm and 6.30
Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall HW/HA 17 October 09. 5pm
Marlborough College 10 Nov 09
St Johns School HW Autumn term
National Business Convention 19 May 2010

The Shackleton Foundation

Sir Ernest Shackleton is widely known as one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century. The Shackleton Foundation is a new charitable trust.

Matrix Group

Matrix Group are proud to be the Headline Sponsors of the Shackleton Centenary Expedition

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Shackleton Foundation BrochureGet a capsule view of who we are, where we're going and why we're doing this by reading our brochure.

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The South Pole Gazette

South Pole Gazette

The South Pole Gazette is a round-up of Antarctic news stories from around the web.

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Please don't hesitate to get in touch with the SCE if you have any questions regarding our project, or if you would like to know more about how you can become a sponsor.

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