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SHACKLETON, Lord Edward Arthur (1911-1994)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 LES
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SHACKLETON, Lord Edward Arthur (1911-1994)
Date(s): [1979-1989]
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of creator(s): Shackleton | Edward Arthur Alexander | 1911-1994 | Baron Shackleton of Burley | politician x Shackleton of Burley | Baron


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1911; educated at Radley College and then at Magdalen College, Oxford; arranged the 1932 Oxford expedition to Sarawak, serving as its surveyor; first known ascent of Borneo's Mount Mulu; led the Oxford expedition to Ellesmere Island, 1934-1935; lectured in Europe and America on his travels; joined the BBC as a talks producer in Ulster; RAF's Coastal Command as an intelligence officer and anti-U-boat planner, 1940; Labour MP, 1946-1955; director, 1955-1964 and 1973-1982 and deputy chairman, 1975-82, of the John Lewis Partnership; life peer, 1958; Minister for the RAF, 1964; sworn of the Privy Council in 1966 and became Deputy Leader of the House of Lords in 1967; leader of the House of Lords, Paymaster-General (taking over security from Lord Wigg), and Minister in Charge of the Civil Service, 1968; Leader of the Opposition in the Lords, 1970-1974; a director of Rio Tinto Zinc (deputy chairman, 1975-1982); chairman of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) (Honorary Membership); Cuthbert Peek Award; RGS President 1971-1974; Special Gold Medal 1990; died, 1994.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lord Edward Shackleton, including papers and correspondence relating to the following: 'In the Footsteps of Scott Expedition', 1985-1986; Monica Christenson and 90 degrees South, 1979-1986; Geographical Club minutes and other papers, 1980s; the British Geological Survey Open Day, 1988; Irish expedition to North East Greenland, 1987; Scott-Amundsen Anniversary South Pole Flight, 1987 (Paul Lynch); correspondence with Keith Black, 1979-1984; Royal Geographical Society Council and Committee Minutes and accompanying papers, 1980's and papers relating to the Kimberley Australia Project, 1988.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist, and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Lord Shackleton, 20 Feb 1989.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Foreign Office corr. 1931-1940 letters of July 1934, Oct-Dec. 1937 refer to Shackleton Oxford University Ellesmere expedition 1934 Corr. 1931-40 Geographers in WW2.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford DNB.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April 2001; Jul 2008.

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