On Monday, 5 February, I was busy. I gave a guided tour for one person through Christchurch to show the connection between the city and the Antarctic. We were lucky to have access to the Canterbury Club where I could show the signed menus from Shackleton’s farewell dinner in 1907. With the historic interior of this Club, it was easy to create a feeling of the time and the man who went South. The Scott statue, the museum and the stain glassed window in the Great Hall were also on the programm. The tour was planned for two hours but I went back to his accommodation and told on the way more stories and facts what was highly appreciated as he pointed out in his email: “Thank you so very much for everything you did for me this morning, it was a sheer delight to meet you and your enthusiasm will stay with me forever. I consider your Heritage Tour an essential precursor to anyone and everyone going to visit the Antarctic, it will add so much more meaning to what I am about to experience.”
An hour later, I was on my way to Parklands to the Parklands’ Ladies Club. I have been invited already in December to deliver that talk on “how to live in the Antarctic” – it was successful again and comments from some women afterward are summed up in following statement: “your talk was the most intersting since some long time”.
Finally – a HISTORIAN in the Antarctic (PCAS 2014 – 15)
I have been invited to give a presentation in Wellington on 14 February 2018, on the race to the South Pole in 1912 (see link) NZAntSocWB-2018-02-14 Race to the South Pole-Rack
“Lessons from the Antarctic” How Amundsen won the race to the South Pole is the theme of the series of talks. Panels to Roald Amundsen’s biography are exhibited in Wellington all February and are accompanied by public talks. The panels were displayed also here in Christchurch during the Antarctic Season Opening in October 2017.
The “Amundsen panels” are in Wellington exhibited for the whole February. The NZAS Wellington Branch is the organiser of the talks and the Norwegian Embassy is supporting these events.
I am looking forward to this event!
19 September: I gave a public talk in the Cashmere Friendship Club in the afternoon. 3 men have been to the Antarctic in the 1980s and 1990s. They were astonished how much has changed about the gear and the health and safety procedures. It was interesting to talk to them about it. My presentation was well received and I could once again talk about my passion: Research and Antarctic.
Weddell Seals – picture from 2016
Last week I gave a talk on my time in the Antarctic at the Pegasus Ladies Club in New Brighton. There were approx. 70 ladies present. It was a very nice group and they were really interested in the topic. Also, this group asked me to come again to their meeting with another talk. This is always a nice feedback.
Me, digging out the weather station in January 2016
Human footprint in the Antarctic
The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.
Nature – Antarctic
Friday, 28th April 2017 at 2pm, I had a presentation at the St. Andrew’s College in Christchurch about living and working in the Antarctic today and the PCAS program. Over 60 people were in the audience. The college has a wonderful heritage facility – the right ambience for a historian. Interesting questions were discussed at the end of the talk.
After the presentation we had afternoon tea. Some people told me about family members involved in former Antarctic events back in the 1950s to 80s. There were some amazing stories about the clothing at this time and how different it was back in these times.
It was another successful public engagement.
Scholarship and degree wall at the St. Andrew’s College
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