Did Shackleton have a dicky heart?


Antarctica ShackletonOur Talk in Clapham investigates the repeated health breakdowns suffered by Sir Ernest Shackleton during his epic Antarctic voyages. Research has led Doctors to believe that Sir Ernest had a congenital heart defect which he may have intentionally kept secret.

Dr Ian Calder will talk about his research with consultant cardiologist Dr Jan Till and his own adventures with sled dogs and yachts.


About the Speaker

Clapham resident Dr Ian Calder has long been fascinated by the extraordinary Antarctic journeys undertaken by Sir Ernest Shackleton and, when he is not  knee deep in the archives of the Scott Polar Research Institute, he is himself an enthusiastic adventurer.

When and Where

Monday 26 February. Our meetings are held at Omnibus.

Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW

The bar at Omnibus is open from 7 pm, and meetings will commence at 8 pm.
Our guest will normally speak for about 45 minutes, followed by around 15 minutes for questions and discussion, and the bar will remain open after meetings.
Seats are limited so do come early to avoid disappointment.

Meetings are open to non-members and FREE, so please come along and bring a friend!
Nonmembers are invited to make a donation.


A note for those who are unfamiliar with the word…

Dicky: adjective dickiest, dickier
British informal

(of a part of the body, a structure, or a device) not strong, healthy, or functioning reliably.
‘a pianist with a dicky heart’
Courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary