Throughout the planning of the Endurance22 expedition, the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust has pursued the aim of bringing the story of Shackleton, of exploration and of the Antarctic environment to new, young and global audiences.
The Trust has engaged with History Hit, the digital channel created by British historian and presenter, Dan Snow, and the award-winning digital content agency and media network Little Dot Studios to bring these stories alive through social media and digital channels.
This will be the most ambitious broadcasting project ever undertaken from the ice of the Weddell Sea. History Hit and Little Dot Studios will produce a range of content covering the setting up of the expedition, the voyage and search itself, as well as the history, science, and other themes that connect to the wider mission. Short-form content will be distributed to millions of subscribers across History Hit TV, HistoryHit.com, and History Hit’s podcast network and social channels, together with Little Dot Studios’ network of owned and operated digital and social media accounts including Timeline World History, Spark and Real Stories. The team will also be filming for a long-form documentary chronicling the expedition.
The Trust also invited the US-based non-profit organisation, Reach The World, whose aim is to inspire young people by bringing modern explorers and tales of exploration live into the classroom, to join the Expedition and develop content for use in the classroom. Reach The World are working closely with Little Dot/History Hit to amplify their reach. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Geographical Society has also developed content in cooperation with Little Dot/History Hit and Reach The World.
Reach The World
Reach the World have had exclusive access to the Endurance22 mission, connecting a global network of students to the S.A. Agulhas II through live video calls with expedition team members and student-friendly articles covering onboard science initiatives and the real-time search for the Endurance. This multidisciplinary virtual exchange offers all students the chance to walk in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps and interact with modern-day explorers. Classrooms around the world will help write the final chapter of the Endurance story together!
Reach the World (RTW) is a global education nonprofit organisation based in New York City. For more than 20 years, RTW has used virtual exchange to bring the world into classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident and compassionate global citizens. To date, more than 1,200 RTW travellers have shared their journeys online with over 30,000 young students, making the eye-opening benefits of travel and exploration accessible to the decision-makers of tomorrow.
Through a robust line-up of kid-friendly articles, live video calls from the expedition vessel (S.A. Agulhas II), and classroom-focused learning resources, any student, classroom or school can join the expedition. To register for the free Endurance22 expedition virtual exchange programme, please visit explore.reachtheworld.org.
To learn more about Reach the World’s programming, visit about.reachtheworld.org
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The RGS-IBG is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geographers, supporting geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the UK’s learned society and professional body for geography. Since 1830, the society continues to be the leading centre for geographers and geographical learning. The Society has over 16,000 members and also reaches millions each year through publications, lectures and research groups. The RGS offers resources for primary and secondary schools and has modules on Shackleton and his Endurance Expedition and the Weddell Sea and will be publishing new resources to support the Endurance22 expedition.
For example, the RGS-IBG offer the module ‘Exploring Shackleton’s Antarctica’, a course that aims to develop an enquiry on the Polar region of Antarctica focusing on Shackleton’s 1914-17 Endurance Expedition.