New Zealand Antarctic Society
Oral History Program
Tuesday 26th July, 6pm
Lecture theatre A4
You are invited to an interesting talk on the current Oral History Project of the Antarctic Society. Beginning in 1997, Jacqui Foley has interviewed most of the 48 members of different Antarctic expeditions, and their wives. The project gives a valuable insight into work and life in the Antarctic since the 1950s and the support these members received from their families.
Jacqui Foley is a freelance oral historian for more than 20 years. She works also for museums and trusts and is involved in several other history projects. Jacqui has received a number of Oral History awards. She lives in Tokarahi, North Otago.
Last Tuesday, 5 July, I have been invited to give a talk at the Probus Club Fendalton, Christchurch, on my time as tutor in the Antarctic. It was a lovely atmosphere between the women. Approx. 60 women were present and they very really interested in my presentation. I presented some slides and had everyday items we use in the Antarctic to show them. Lots of good questions were asked. Many women came to me afterwards and told me that they were astonished how much Christchurch is involved in the Antarctic business and that they have not known before about that. It seems that from now on, more people will know about this connection.
My next talk is at 8 August. The Rotary Club in Halswell invited me for a similar talk.
A relaxed tutor is reading in front of the tent on Christmas Day 2015
Unfortunately were all the efforts we (all my supporters, my mentor, all the proofreaders, etc.) put towards the Marsden Fund again unsuccessful. Even with the luck to get into the second round this year and with three very positive reports from the reviewers, it was not working. In other words: My proposal was rejected again.
In 2016 is the last year where I can apply for a Marsden Fast Start Fund. I will try it again, but I am without hope that I will be successful. I have to find other sources for funding to keep my research alive.
Some busy weeks are laying ahead. I will be in Europe to work in the Archives in Austria and England again.
My workspace at SPRI in 2013
I give a talk on my research at the Austrian Society of History of Science (Oesterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte) at 16th April at 6pm (Vienna University Archive, Postgasse 9, 1010 Wien). I have been invited for a talk after I gave a talk in June last year at the Institute for Austrian History (Institut fuer Oesterreichkunde, IOEK).
The next step: I will spend some time in Cambridge again in the Archives at the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) to do research on Nimrod Expedition 1907 – 1909 especially on the diaries and meteorological logs of the Ross Sea Party. This is a part of my COMNAP Research Fellowship project which started in 2012/13. In the meantime I gave 10 talks on the development on that project, had 3 poster presentations and 6 publications in journals and webpages.
In May I attend a workshop in Colorado: SCAR History Expert Group and the SCAR Social Science Action Group. I will give an oral presentation on the development of an digital platform where information can be exchanged on the whereabouts of diaries and documents of Polar expeditions. The idea has been discussed at the SCAR Open Science Conference last year. (see report) The platform is in the early state of its development, but at least it is a start.
Me, teaching Antarctic History in the “Discovery Hut” at Hut Point, Antarctic December 2014.
Networking is an important element for researcher. This is a link to the SCAR webpage where one can look for information about researcher of Humanities and Social Science within the SCAR system.
The next SCAR History, Humanities, and Social Science Meeting will happen in Colorado, USA, May 20 – 23 2015. Look for details under the link below.
Title: “Antarctic Wilderness: Perspectives from History, the Humanities and the Social Sciences”