The Explorers Museum HQ

This not for profit venture will serve to promote exploration through recognition of significant expeditions and discoveries. It will also curate special exhibits featuring feats and historical achievements. Charleville Castle will serve both as the museum's exhibition space as well as its global expedition base for launching new expedition projects

Once the home of Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury, notable as an explorer and amateur botanist in the Himalayas. Colonel Howard-Bury, was appointed leader of the first expedition which set out to climb Mount Everest in 1920-1921. While Colonel Howard-Bury was not himself actively involved as a climber, George Mallory and other members of the expedition team reached some 23,000 feet without benefit of oxygen cylinders or other more recent sophistications in equipment.

This expedition, which received an enormous public following, effectively provided survey information invaluable to subsequent expeditions and established the North Col route as the route of choice for several early attempts on Everest.

The surname Howard-Bury is reflected in the latin name of a plant brought back from the Himalaya region by the Colonel. A room in the Royal Geographical Society in London is named in honour of Colonel Howard-Bury.

The patron of The Explorers Museum is Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Pennant Expeditions

Board of Directors

The board of directors of the Explorers Museum represent a wealth of experience in the field of exploration, heritage, digital expertise and the museum sector.

Global Expedition Base

Charleville Castle, Ireland

Global Expedition Base

Charleville Castle, Ireland

Charleville Castle
Co. Offaly
Latitude : 53 degrees 15' 39.37 N
Longitude: 7 degrees 31' 40.49" W
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