Alexandra Shackleton joins the company
The great explorer's granddaughter is official brand ambassador for The Shackleton range!
You can imagine how thrilled and delighted we are at The Shackleton and Great British Banjo Co. HQ... Read more
Celebrate with us at The Shackleton Sessions inaugural concert.
Hello Kickstarter backers and friends!
We know many of you are hundreds, and even thousands of miles away from us here in Norwich, Norfolk, in the East of England. But... Read more
It's over. Our second Kickstarter campaign concluded last night with 211 wonderful backers and 17% over target.
Thank you all so very much.
We will be in touch with all... Read more
36 hours left of our Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign.
There are 36 hours left of our Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign. What a ride it has been. We passed our target a few days ago and now stand at 111%... Read more
Thanks to you we have achieved our goal!!
We did it!
We are almost speechless at Shackleton HQ with excitement and appreciation of your support!!!
We have swept past the £30,000 target for our Shackleton clothing campaign and... Read more
Rufus rocks The Shackleton!
One more tough march and we'll reach the destination!
Thanks to your amazing support we have today achieved the most important milestone so far.
We've gained out 150th backer! We... Read more
Hear the whole Shackleton brand story on Share Radio
I've just been interviewed by the excellent former BBC financial correspondent Simon Rose on financial radio station Share Radio.
It's a substantial interview and some of you might enjoy hearing... Read more
Become one of the last 97!
In January 1909 Ernest Shackleton and three of his men from the Nimrod expedition came within 97 miles of the South Pole.
It was the furthest south that any humans... Read more
By popular demand we're going to belt up right now!
We've been asked by numerous people if we will be introducing leather products into the Shackleton range.
Well the answer is a big YES, and we have plans for belts,... Read more
New reward added to Shackleton clothing campaign. The ULTIMATE Shackleton clothing set!
NEW REWARD ADDED JANUARY 20TH...
SAVE OVER £200 ON THE ULTIMATE SHACKLETON CLOTHING SET. JUST ELEVEN SETS AVAILABLE IN THIS REWARD PACKAGE!
With just 11 days to go on our ... Read more
We're well over halfway there... but time is now our enemy!
Dear Kickstarter friends and supporters.
Just over a year ago you and we together did a remarkable thing.
We raised sufficient funding in the the form of advance orders through... Read more
We're backing the inspiring "From Fire To Ice" expedition to the South Pole
We're really excited to announce that The Shackleton brand has become an Official Backer of the extraordinary From Fire To Ice expedition, led by the inspiring adventurer Rob Little.
From... Read more
Media coverage spreads the fame of The Shackleton clothing brand
We've had some terrific media coverage of our Kickstarter campaign for Shackleton clothing, including some which we didn't even have an active hand in, like this great article in The... Read more
Two new rewards: your new favourite jacket and a new Shackleton sweater variant.
As you can see from the pictures we've added two great new rewards to our new Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign.
There's a fantastically tough but comfy casual jacket... Read more
Modern Antarctic adventurer Seb Coulthard endorses our new Shackleton clothing range
Shackleton expert and polar adventurer Seb Coulthard loves a challenge. In his day-to-day role as a Royal Navy aircraft engineer, Seb works for the centre of expertise for helicopter structural... Read more
Shackleton brand founder becomes human Kickstarter reward!
Human Kickstarter reward? Weird or what...?
Well not really, because the founder of The Shackleton brand is entrepreneur, business author and international conference speaker Simon Middleton, and he's offering a... Read more
Shackleton clothing project featured on BBC TV
BBC TV's 'Look East' did a really nice feature about our Shackleton clothing project this evening.
Rather niftily, presenter/journalist Mike Liggins took the trouble to interview the curator of the... Read more
BBC shoot piece about our new campaign for TV news
The BBC Look East team (which serves audiences throughout East Anglia) has always taken a positive interest in local business stories, and they supported our original Shackleton banjo Kickstarter campaign... Read more
New Shackleton Clothing campaign really taking flight...
...unlike the hero of our new clothing range catalogue!
We hope you like the design of our new Shackleton Clothing range catalogue. It's had a great reaction so far. Everybody... Read more
Our new Kickstarter featured in The Times!
We're very excited to have our new Kickstarter campaign featured in The Times newspaper today.
It's a short article but occupying almost half a page in the Business section and... Read more
New reward added to our latest campaign: Shackleton style fedora!
Hello, and Happy New Year.
Today is such an important one for our new Shackleton clothing campaign: we have £27,000 to go and 27 days to achieve the target.... Read more
A very Happy New Year to all our Kickstarter supporters.
Dear Kickstarter Shackleton supporters. We just wanted to close this exciting year by sending you our very best wishes for a happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2015.
Thank you for... Read more
Which picture should we use?
We have a question for you about our new Kickstarter campaign, and would love to know your views.
We have two cover shots for our new campaign, shown... Read more
Sir Ernest Shackleton: unlikely fashion icon (says Daily Telegraph)
We are just two days into our new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for development of The Shackleton clothing range, and we are already 3% funded. It's a... Read more
We're live with our new Kickstarter campaign!
Dear Kickstarter friends,
We wanted you to be the very first to know... as flagged up in yesterday's update, our new Kickstarter campaign has just gone live. Two minutes ago.... Read more
We're coming back to Kickstarter, to launch Shackleton® brand, British-made clothing.
Hello all. Long time no update. We hope everyone is well and thriving.
We wanted you to be the first folk to know that we are coming back to Kickstarter... Read more
The Shackleton brand is going on a great adventure.
It's been a few weeks since we posted. But we've made a big decision today at Shackleton Banjo HQ, and we wanted you to be the first to... Read more
The Shackleton goes Bluegrass!
Just under one year ago we concluded our Kickstarter campaign, with your precious support, to design, build and bring into the world the Shackleton banjo.
Now, 363 days later, I... Read more
Would you help us with a two minute survey?
Survey fun! We're trying to gather as much info as possible about customer preferences and interests, with a view to developing our product range.
Some friendly MBA students at the... Read more
Would you like to join us on the journey?
Just under a year ago (mid October 2013), we successfully completed this Kickstarter campaign, raising over £48,000 through the generosity and imagination of more than 230 backers, thereby... Read more
Thank you for everything!
Well, this is campaign update No.84, and it's approx 54 weeks since we launched our Shackleton Banjo campaign here on Kickstarter.
It's also been a few weeks since we updated... Read more
We're on the Shackleton Banjo home straight!
At last we have broken the back of the almost 150 advance orders for Shackleton banjos. All but a handful of our Kickstarter backers have received their Shackletons, and if... Read more
Just look what you guys started!
It's a Shackleton alright! But not as you know it. Full story on the website!
The future's bright, the future's....
Yep, that's a Shackleton, but not as any of us have known them so far!
A bold and imaginative Kickstarter backer asked us to make him a maple... Read more
The Shackleton Banjo gets a little taste of Antarctic adventure!
See those notches scratched onto that painted post on the left of this picture?
One notch was cut for each day at sea in the tiny wooden boat Alexandra... Read more
See The Shackleton at Chatham Docks this Saturday
We're very excited to be exhibiting The Shackleton Banjo at a special event at the historic dockyard Chatham, this Saturday, June 7th.
The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute... Read more
Please take part in our customer survey: and maybe win a Shackleton enamel mug
A quick update on the Shackleton banjo build: we've shipped almost half of the Kickstarter Shackletons and we are producing and finishing around 10 each week right now.
A... Read more
What would Shackleton do?
The great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved his expedition's banjo from his ship Endurance as she sank into Antarctic ice, saying: "We must have that banjo. It's vital mental... Read more
Frailing virtuoso Adam Hurt shows off sweet sound of The Shackleton banjo
Wow! What an amazing night. The very first of The Great British Banjo Sessions was, everyone who was there would agree, a resounding success. Sold out for one thing!... Read more
Media, beer, gigs and banjo building
Media, beer, gigs and banjo building
That headline sounds like we've been partying but that's not actually the case at all. It's just a summary of some of the topics... Read more
We're out and about with The Shackleton this Spring and Summer
We’ve got a packed summer of events planned, where you can meet the Great British Banjo Company team and try our The Shackleton for yourself (if you aren't already... Read more
31 real Shackletons. One controversial giant banjo!
This has been quite a week.We passed an important psychological milestone, shipping out our 31st completed Shackleton banjo (including the oak version with the frailing scoop option shown above),... Read more
25 Shackletons have left the building! Including the first Burr Oak model.
After all the struggles, all the delays, and all the promises, we have finally started to send Shackleton banjos out of the door to wing their way to their new... Read more
Giant Shackleton 'Banjo Of The East' sculpture will be visible from space
Dateline April 1.
The company behind the Norfolk-made Shackleton banjo named after Edwardian explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton announced today that it is to create a giant banjo sculpture on the... Read more
It's the hand-finishing that makes The Shackleton special
The Shackleton Banjo is the product of numerous different stages of production, from design through manufacture of wood and metal parts, to assembly and set-up.
Along the way some of... Read more
First blogger review of The Shackleton banjo
We know you've been waiting a long time for your Shackleton banjos.
Click here to take at a look at our first review on this link.
We hope it will... Read more
The best affordable openback banjo in the world?
In March 2013, whilst wandering around MusikMesse, the giant music trade show in Frankfurt, I made a life-changing decision: to create a new, high quality, affordable, banjo: and to make... Read more
The first Shackletons have been shipped!
Yesterday, March 19th, almost exactly one year since we first decided to create a British production banjo, we shipped out Shackleton Serial No. 0001.
That instrument went to... Read more
The first Shackleton Banjo is completed
Well there it is: the very first completed Shackleton banjo. And ain't it pretty! We've had a superb series of photographs taken by one of the UK's finest guitar and... Read more
Shackleton Banjo is 'Best of British'
We're in The Mirror, and in great company!
It's not easy to get national press coverage, especially when you're a new, small business making banjos! But that's just what's happened... Read more
The roll of honour.
A short update just to let you know that we have published the Kickstarter roll of honour on our blog... every one of you who supported us on Kickstarter is... Read more
Thank you for your patience... we are VERY close to fulfilment now!
We are just a couple of weeks from the first British production banjo in more than 60 years!
We at The Great British Banjo Company are so grateful for your... Read more
On a wet Wednesday in February a British manufacturing industry was reborn
On which day did British banjo manufacturing begin again, after a break of more than 60 years?
Was it the day in 2012 when we first decided to build our... Read more
Coming soon to Norwich, UK: The Great British Banjo Sessions!
As our fantastic Kickstarter supporters we wanted you to be the first to know our latest news!
We've dreamt for a long time of creating a banjo-themed music festival... Read more
What is The Shackleton banjo actually like?
Since we launched The Shackleton Banjo we’ve had a lot of people asking us to explain what ‘kind’ of banjo it is, what ‘sound’ is it going to have, how... Read more
The Shackleton banjo starts to look real!
It's all getting very exciting here now at Shackleton Banjo base camp!
The Rock Maple (from Northern Appalachian mountains) has been planed and is now about to be cut into... Read more
The Shackleton Banjo on BBC Radio
Just a quick update for the end of the week.
Some info and a nice radio interview.
First, an update on production of The Shackleton.
We know that you're getting... Read more
E100 will weigh just 3lbs but will pack an Antarctic size punch!
Here in the den at The Great British Banjo Company we're busy, busy, busy building the Shackleton banjos.But we're also planning next steps, and we've just taken a little... Read more
Final headstock shape.. and an opportunity!
Now we're happy with the shape!
It doesn't seem very long (and it isn't) since we asked backers for an opinion about whether we should go with a slotted or... Read more
First new jobs created at The Great British Banjo Company
Hello, a very Happy New Year to our Kickstarter supporters... and welcome to our first update of 2014.
We're very excited to announce the first new jobs resulting directly from... Read more
Thank you for supporting us on a thrilling journey!
With Christmas fast approaching we at The Great British Banjo Company have been reflecting on what can only be described as the most exciting and important year in the history... Read more
Workshop pics (please don't show anyone)
Shhh. don't show this to anyone!!
Here are a couple of pictures sneakily taken in The Great British Banjo Company workshop. I shouldn't really share these... so don't go... Read more
Probably the best tuners in the world
Tuner spec on Shackleton banjo range confirmed
As you know from previous posts and discussions we explored the practicality of using a slotted headstock on The Shackleton banjo.
We were... Read more
The world's sexiest banjo strap?
We thought you'd like this update for a Friday evening!
Who said banjos aren't sexy? This new Shackleton Banjo Strap is positively bondage!!
Designed by The Great British Banjo Company... Read more
Polar adventurer Stewart Stirling visits Shackleton Banjo HQ
We at Shackleton Banjo HQ in Norwich were all delighted yesterday to be visited by Polar adventurer Stewart Stirling, one of the elite ITACE 2014 team.
The photo shows Stewart... Read more
The Boss would be proud!
By now some of you will have received rewards, and we hope you like 'em!
Those who pledged for stickers, books, hip flasks or enamel mugs should have received them... Read more
Shackleton Banjo is our best-seller by miles!
As most of you know, before we entered the heady world of manufacturing we had been retailing imported banjos for three years.
On our Banjos Direct website we sell banjos... Read more
The Shackleton will be first banjo to be played at the South Pole!
I promised last week that we were looking forward to sharing some big news. Well the moment has arrived!
The Shackleton Banjo is going to the South Pole!
We are... Read more
Rewards begin to be released into the world.
It's been an action packed week at Shackleton Banjo base camp, and some of you will already have received your promised rewards.
We've sent out the sticker sets, the hip... Read more
A quick update on The Shackleton banjo itself
It's been a few days since we posted an update about the progress of the most important thing we are doing: building a British banjo!
So much is happening, so... Read more
Perfect for an autumn tipple: the Shackleton Banjo 'Vital Mental Medicine' hip flask
Amongst our range of Kickstarter rewards were some items which we know only have peripheral connections to banjo.. but seemed liked fun.
This for example is the uniquely engraved Shackleton... Read more
We know it's silly to get excited about stickers...
But we can't help it! These terrific stickers, designed by Matt Copland and produced for us in the UK, are just so cool.
If you pledged for these then they... Read more
Premier Drums to build Shackleton banjo rims... official!
We've been telling folk for a while that the rims of our Shackleton Banjo are manufactured in Britain, by a leading drum company. Then we revealed that they are actually... Read more
Shackleton Banjo Strap: probably the best banjo strap this side of the South Pole!
Time for a quick update, this time about The Shackleton Banjo Strap.
We promised a handmade-in-Britain banjo strap inspired by Edwardian era luggage, which we felt was eminently appropriate... Read more
One week on. The manufacturing journey begins in earnest.
It's been a week since we successfully concluded our Kickstarter campaign for The Shackleton banjo. We've said it before, but we'll say it again... thank you all for your... Read more
We made it and so much more! Thank you all so much.
I'll keep this one short.
Just want to say "Thank You!!" to all our backers, supporters, re-tweeters, friends, families and everybody who contributed to the success of this campaign.
We... Read more
Three hours to go.. just time to show you these pics!!
With just three hours to go in our campaign there's just time to show you a few pictures of the Shackleton Oak Rim Special prototype which we built last evening. ... Read more
30 hours to go!
30 hours to go, there's still time to go for that extra reward (Christmas is coming!)
Really, just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful support!
Support from Mark Radcliffe's BBC Folk Show
We enjoyed a lovely morale boost and publicity push last night with a fantastic mention on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
Mark encouraged listeners to Google our project... Read more
Shackleton enters elite 5% of most successful Kickstarter projects
Who'd have thought it? A British-banjo project in the top 5% of most successful Kickstarter projects ever!
There have been 117,092 projects launched on Kickstarter, raising an incredible total of... Read more
Just a quick one... we thought might enjoy this little video of our good friend Solomon Amos playing the third prototype of The Shackleton banjo.
Solomon was playing the banjo... Read more
New backers, and new plans
Hello to all our backers, including those who have been with us from the early weeks of the campaign and those who discovered us over the past several days in... Read more
Vital Mental Medicine : the tune
This is one of the loveliest things that's happened on our journey towards funding The Shackleton banjo.
An early and consistent supporter, John Dow (whom we've never met I might... Read more
Pledging system a bit of a blunt instrument
Some of you will have discovered that the pledging system can be the teeniest bit confusing.
We apologise sincerely for that. It's only partly within our control.
My... Read more
Resonator reward options added!
A number of backers and supporters have asked if there will be a resonator / bluegrass version of The Shackleton.
We had planned to introduce resonator models later in 2014... Read more
We made it! Thank you all so much.
Here in the upturned lifeboat that is the headquarters of The Great British Banjo Company., our small but determined crew are all of a celebratory mood.
Ship's biscuits are being... Read more
BBC Look East tonight!
BBC Look East (the BBC news programme for the East of England) are with us right now, filming a piece for tonight's show (October 2nd).
Presenter Mike Liggins has interviewed... Read more
This is the last couple of miles!
If we were running a marathon I reckon we'd be pushing through the wall of pain right now... we've come so far.
We aren't giving up... we've trained too long... Read more
The word spreads and the pledges mount up!
One day we will look back on this Kickstarter adventure as one of the most exciting periods of our whole business and banjo journey.
When we began the campaign the... Read more
66% funded! New rewards! The final push begins!
We are now a very exciting 66% funded (a few pounds under £20,000).
October 12th deadline looms large but with all hands on Facebook, Twitter, etc.. we will make it.... Read more
Wow! Incredible support today: and now the Shackleton Oak Rim Special!
We've had an amazing day on Kickstarter today. New pledgers. Upgrades to existing pledges. Lots of messages of support.
And we've added a number of new rewards.
By popular demand... Read more
A new £10 reward level available from today
All musicians love vinyl stickers for their cases, bags, studio walls and so on.
We've introduced a new £10 reward today: offering a set of four high quality vinyl stickers... Read more
60% funded. Thank you for your amazing support!
It seems that the world really does want an affordable British-made banjo!
Our Shackleton Banjo project is now 60% funded, with two weeks to go. Every hour of every day... Read more
The dream of The Shackleton banjo hangs in the balance!
Thank you for supporting The Shackleton British-made banjo
Thank you all so much for your marvellous support of our Kickstarter campaign to make the dream of a British-made... Read more
The second full prototype of The Shackleton banjo!
Well we built it! The second full prototype of The Shackleton banjo!
British neck... made by one of the UK's most admired guitar manufacturers.
British rim... made by one of... Read more
We've passed the half way mark!
We knew we could do it this weekend! We've passed the 50% mark today. Over £1000 in pledges this weekend. Thank you all so much!
Thank you all for your wonderful support so far.
We've had amazing moral support and enthusiasm from literally all over the world.
But we are now at a critical stage.... Read more
The banjo gave Shackleton's men 'the means to live' says modern adventurer Seb Coulthard
We are thrilled that our Shackleton Banjo 'adventure' has officially received the support of a contemporary adventurer of a different kind – a man directly connected with Sir Ernest Shackleton's... Read more
First picture of British-made rims for The Shackleton
We are pretty excited at The Great British Banjo Company about sharing this !! Here is the first picture (taken with shaking hands) of the first prototypes of the actual... Read more
New reward introduced by popular demand.
Heaps of people have asked us if they can have one of our very cool 'Vital Mental Medicine' 20oz enamel mugs with our superbly stylish Shackleton Banjo logo. Previously available... Read more
ITV news tells the Shackleton story in a nutshell
We've added the ITV Anglia news feature about our Kickstarter campaign to the campaign page so now you can find it very easily, in case you haven't had a chance... Read more
Shackleton Kickstarter campaign featured on British TV
We have been featured on Anglia Tonight, the local news and features programme of the UK's ITV network, and we thought you might like to see the piece.
Please pass... Read more
Contemporary Antractic explorer and Shackleton expert supports our banjo adventure
The story of our Kickstarter campaign to create The Shackleton (an affordable British-made banjo) has been picked up by contemporary Antarctic adventurer and Shackleton expert Seb Coulthard.
Seb is one... Read more
We're up to 37 backers and nearly 30% funded now which is a great way to start the month.
We're so excited about the support we've received.
This update... Read more
We've passed te 20% mark! Thank you!
Yep, just a short update to tell you all that we have just passed the 20% funding marker and we couldn't be more excited.
Thank you to everyone who has... Read more
Porchlight Sessions team get on board!
Last year we got involved as Associate Producers with a wonderful film about the bluegrass tradition, called The Porchlight Sessions, which was also partly funded on Kickstarter. In fact it... Read more
First video footage of Shackleton banjo prototype
We're very excited. We've just made a little film of the prototype of our new Shackleton banjo in action. This is the very first time The Shackleton will have been... Read more
We've passed the 10% mark: thank you
Yep, we're having a little celebration here at The Great British Banjo Co., (nothing fancy... Just a group hug!) because today we passed the 10% mark on our funding journey.... Read more
2 days, 8 backers, 4% & we made The SF Chronicle
Thank you to all of you have got us off to such a great start. We couldn't be more pleased. The Shackleton Banjo project has had a really good response... Read more