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The Antarctic Monument Campaign

Plans approved for the siting of the Southern Monument

On September 5 2013 the Falkland Islands Government Planning and Building Committee approved the Trust’s plans for the siting of the Southern Monument in the capital, Stanley.  The Monument will be erected at Dockyard Point close to the proposed dockyard site of the relocated Falkland Islands Museum. 

The government is funding the move of the Stanley Museum to the historic dockyard, which will not only house the Museum but also be developed as a heritage site. This project is planned to take place within the next eighteen months.

Although the development of the Dockyard as a heritage centre has been agreed, it remains unclear whether the preferred option of the Falkland Islands Development Corporation will be the final scheme.  We show below the preferred option for the entire waterfront and also the plan for the Dockyard Heritage Centre at its western end, showing the location of the Southern Monument.


Proposed waterfront development at Stanley

 Dockyard, Stanley

Proposed development of the historic dockyard at the western end of the waterfront

According to the Falkland Islands Development Corporation, the transformation of the waterfront should:


  • provide Stanley with a vibrant urban centre
  • add value to Stanley’s tourist offering
  • provide a new and improved location for the Museum, including a broader opportunity for external exhibits
  • complement the rest of the town, reflecting its history and culture
  • create a warm welcome to disembarking tourists
It is an honour for the Southern Monument to be located at a focal point of this development.


South 2015: voyage to remember

A 21 day voyage is being planned to coincide with the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument in the Falkland Islands in February 2015. Organised by the Antarctic tour specialist, Antarpply Espeditions, it leaves Ushuaia 22 Febuary and returns 15 March. The tour will visit South Georgia, Signy Island, the historic British bases in the Antarctic Peninsula and the areas of exploration of those men and women who “did not return.” We plan to penetrate deep South to the Marguerite Bay area where few tour ships visit. All

Read more about the tour and how to book here.

Auction of RRS John Biscoe painting by Mike Skidmore

RRS John BiscoeRenowned Polar artist Mike Skidmore has reworked a painting of RRS John Biscoe and arranged for it to be donated to the British Antarctic Monument Trust by the Executors of his friend and colleague the late Dr Humphrey Smith. The Trust organised a silent auction of the work at the Annual Dinner of British Antarctic Survey Club at Alnwick on 26 June. and raised £1250.   You can read more details here.


Dedication in St Paul's Cathedral, City of London

MemorialThe Antarctic Memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London was dedicated following a Special Evensong on 10 May 2011.  You can see family and friends gathering outside the Cathedral here. The names of those who lost their lives were read by the Right Reverend Stephen Venner, Bishop to HM Armed Forces and the Falkland Islands. The Rev Canon Mark Oakley dedicated the memorial. The memorial was designed by Graeme Wilson and the sculptor Fergus Wessel

A Reception at Saddlers Hall followed the events in St Paul's at which Rod Rhys Jones, Chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, Jane Rumble, Deputy Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory and Professor Nicholas Owens, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, made short addresses.  Later in the evening many of those present continued to Balls Brothers Wine Bar for a meal together.


Monument sculpture in Cambridge


The monumentAntarctic Monumental sculpture outside the Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge was unveiled on 12 May 2011 by the artist Oliver Barratt and Roderick Rhys Jones, Chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust.  Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, welcomed to the Institute the friends and relatives of those who died in the Antarctic.  After the unveiling Oliver Barratt explained the significance of his design of the monument.  The Director concluded the afternoon by inviting the hundred or so visitors to explore the newly furbished Polar Museum and take tea in the Entrance Hall.

You can see a slide show of the unveiling here.

 Picture: Antarctic Monument at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Lensfield Road, Cambridge. Photo Julian Paren

The British Antarctic Monument Trust
The British Antarctic Antarctic Monument in two elementsMonument Trust has been set up to celebrate the achievements of the men and women whose scientific exploration in the British Antarctic Territory has led to a new understanding of our  planet, and to honour those amongst them who did not return
We have placed a memorial made of Welsh slate and Carrara marble in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. The 1100 mm diameter memorial is set on a wall just off the central aisle, halfway between the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On the other side of the main aisle are memorials to the South Atlantic Conflict in 1982 and Florence Nightingale. 
We are also creating a monumental sculpture, by the sculptor Oliver Barratt, part of which will be in the United Kingdom and part of which will be sited in the South.  The northern part of the monumental sculpture has been installed in the garden of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge and was dedicated on Thursday 12 May 2011.


To assist us to organise educational and other activities and to help raise awareness of our work four eminent polar explorers have agreed to being British Antarctic Monument Trust Ambassadors.

They are:
Felicity Aston who has recently returned from an unsupported walk to the South Pole with eight women representatives from Commonwealth countries;
John Killingbeck who is particularly noted for driving the last team of huskies in the Antarctic with John Sweeney;
Paul Rose
well known for his television series on exploration and adventure; and
Dr Russell Thompson glaciologist, meteorologist and Antarctic guide.

Giving and helping
If you would like to keep in touch with these or contribute to the fund please register your name and contact details or go directly to the ''giving' 'page.

You can down load our leaflet giving you details of how what our aims are and how to make a donation. The leaflet contains a Gift Aid Declaration Form. If you are a UK tax payer and make a Gift Aid Declaration we can reclaim tax from Inland Revenue.

Give by Credit/Debit card at the British Antarctic Monument Trust Charity Choice page managed by the Co-operative Bank. All of your donations are credited to our account. If you are a UK tax payer and tick the appropriate box on the website then we benefit from an additional 28 per cent Charity Aid.

Just giving

The Trustees have created a profile on Just Giving, a website whichfacilitates raising funds. If you would like to run a marathon, swim a lake or knit 50 socks for our charity please register here and create a page Donation Online button

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Charity Commision Registration
The British Antarctic Monument Trust is registered with the Charity Commissioners number 1123064

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