Travels on the Shannon with Jane W. Shackleton

Lough Ree Yacht Club on Wednesday, 30th March a8.00 pm

– Talk by Jonathan Shackleton, FRGS

Shackleton, Photography, and Ireland

A photo of Bridget Mullins, as taken by Jane W. Shackleton in 1895 (The Journal, 25 October 2015)

Summary  – Jane W.  Shackleton (1842-1909) was one of the pioneers of photography in Ireland and during her lifetime amassed an enormous and important collection of photographs, over 1,000 on lantern glass slides and thousands of prints in 44 albums, which she developed in her laboratory in Lucan Co. Dublin. A selection of her work was compiled by Christian Corlett and published recently: Jane Shackleton’s Ireland, a book which would grace any collection. The talk will be illustrated with Jane’s photographs, as well as her written accounts, and will show changes that have taken place since her visits.

Speaker – Jonathan Shackleton who is the great grandson of Jane Shackleton has a keen interest in family history, especially his Shackleton ancestors. This has led him on 40 voyages to Antarctica but also up and down the River Shannon on his early 20th century motor yacht ‘Seagull’ revisiting places that his great grandmother visited with her camera and family starting in 1889. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London; was recently elected member of BAS (British Antarctic Survey) Club; and is a member of the James Caird Society.

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