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13 March 2014

Gavin Francis, base doctor at Halley in 2003, has had his book Empire Antarctica named “Scottish Book of the Year” 2013. 

  Gavin Francis, base doctor at Halley in 2003, has had his book Empire Antarctica named “Scottish Book of the Year” 2013. The full title of the book is Empire Antarctca, Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins. He writes...
13 March 2014

Antarpply Expeditions reports that there has been huge support for the South 2015: a voyage to remember and at the time of writing, only one suite and one other berth for a female to share are available.

Antarpply Expeditions reports that there has been huge support for the South 2015: a voyage to remember and at the time of writing, only one suite and one other berth for a female to share are available. Trustees Rod Rhys...
04 March 2014
Three Base H - Signybrilliant pictures are to be auctioned at the BAS Club Annual Dinner Dinner at Plas-y-Brenin, 21 June 2014. 

 

Three paintings have been donated to the British Antarctic Monument Trust to be auctioned at the BAS Club Annual Dinner Dinner at Plas-y-Brenin, 21 June 2014.  Dr Humphrey Smith's executors have donated a major painting by Mike...
28 November 2013
The Southern Monument has been created in miniature and the design of the Monument finalized.  The link between the Northern and Southern Monuments will be shown on panels below the monuments in Stanley, Falkland Islands and Cambridge, UK.
The Southern Monument has been created in miniature – a maquette of the monument was available for the Planning Department in Stanley to allow them to visualise the impact the structure could create at Dockyard Point.The engineering...
27 November 2013

 MS UshuaiaJust three berths remain on the three-week cruise that visits Stanley for the unveiling of the Southern Monument, and visits the sceintific bases on the Antarctic Peninsula. 

 

MS Ushuaia Just three berths remain on the three-week cruise that visits Stanley for the unveiling of the Southern Monument, and visits the bases where British support staff and scientists have worked since the 1950s.  Antarctic...
11 July 2013

Fireworks concluded the Annual Reunion Dinner of the British Antarctic Survey Club at the Pavillon in Alnwick Garden, Alnwick on June 18. The Trust had much to celebrate.

At the BAS Club Annual General Meeting earlier in the day, the motion put forward by BAMT Trustee Tony Wincott for the Club to donate £500 to the Trust for foundations for the Southern Monument was carried unanimously.  At the end of...
15 June 2013

The British Antarctic Monument Trust is delighted to receive news of the naming of Mann Ice Stream and Mosley Ice Stream on the Luitpold Coast close to Halley Bay.

Both features had become evident from an analysis of glacier flow observed from Earth - orbiting satellites. The Trust has long had an ambition to secure place names for all those who lost their lives in the Antarctic, and now...
28 May 2013

Mike Skidmore's has added penguins to the painting of RRS John Biscoe which will be auctioned at the BAS Club Annual Dinner, Alnwick, 22 June 2013. Please place a bid now by emailing rod@rhysjones.com

RSS Biscoe

Base H, Signy's Northern View (Wave Peak, Biscoe and Chinstraps too) The original oil painting of the RRS John Biscoe was commissioned in 1991 by a friend and colleague, Dr Humphrey Smith, whom I encountered many times at our...
10 May 2013

RRS John Biscoe

Painting by Mike Skidmore to be auctioned

A painting of RRS John Biscoe at Signy that Mike Skidmore painted 20 years ago is to be auctioned to benefit the funds of the British Antarctic Monument Trust.  The painting belonged to Dr Humphrey Smith who died recently, and his...
06 December 2012

A 21/22 day voyage to coincide with the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument in the Falkland Islands in February 2015 visiting South Georgia, Signy, and the Antarctic Peninsula.

    A 22 day/21 night voyage is being organised, 22 February to 15 March 2015, to coincide with the dedication of the British Antarctic Monument in the Falkland Islands. Organised by the Antarctic tour specialist,...
10 November 2012

A new book on Birdie Bowers throws light on this fascinating and determined character who died with Scott

Author Anne Strathie mentions the Trust and the explorers who died in ‘pursuit of science’ in her exceptional biography of Birdie Bowers who died with Scott.  Her description of his early career at sea brings home the romance and...
30 October 2012
Princess Royal met Trustees during a visit to the Scott Polar Research Institute
Trustees Brian Dorsett-Bailey, Rod Rhys Jones,  and Dick Harbour were presented to the Princess Royal when she visited the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge on 30 October 2012. She is seen above talking to Chairman Rod Rhys...
13 September 2012
Trust Ambassador Felicity Aston is embarking on a twelve theatre lecture tour in October and November.
Trust Ambassador Felicity Aston is embarking on a twelve theatre lecture tour in October and November. Organised by Speakers from the Edge, she will be criss-crossing the country from Inverness to Cardiff, Radlett to Llandudno. She...
19 July 2012
Photograph of the memorial to Eric Platt found in New Zealand
Warren King has written from New Zealand enclosing a photograph of his father Ronald King beside a cross he had made in memory of Eric Platt whilst working as a carpenter in the Falkland Islands. Eric Platt, a geologist based at...
18 July 2012
Email bidder from Canada pushes the price to £925 for Terra Nova picture
The auction of the painting "Never to Return"   ss Terra Nova from Cape Evans 22 January 1913 was won by £935 by Ian Craig, a British engineer living in Canada, who has visited the Antarctic as a tourist a number of times...
04 July 2012
Polar artist Mike Skidmore has donated an oil painting of SS Terra Nova leaving Cape Evans for the Trust to auction. Bids will be taken up until 9.00pm Saturday 7 July.
  An early bid of £750 by email following early promotion was topped by a postal bid of £815  on 2 July for a painting commissioned from polar artist Mike Skidmore by the Trustees of British Antarctic Monument Trust. The oil...
23 June 2012

A sculpture crafted by Tom Allan's neice was unveiled at a ceremony in Innerleithen on May 27 2012.

On a steep hillside above Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, on a gloriously warm and sunny Sunday afternoon, a unique memorial to Tom Allan was unveiled by his relatives.   The Memorial, sculptured by his niece Marion Hughes, was...
06 May 2012
A ceremony will be held at St Ronan's Well, Innerleithen to unveil a plaque in memory of Tom Allan on 27 May at 2.00pm
Tom Allan's niece Marion Hughes has completed carving a stone replica of the wooden plaque carved by Tom Allen in 1965 -6 and placed in the bar at Stonington. There will be an unveiling ceremony at 2.00pm on Sunday 27 May at St...
17 April 2012

Congratulations Ruth and Vicki.

Ruth and Vicki completed the Hastings Half Marathon on 25th March. Ruth finished in a very creditable time of 2hrs 9 minutes. Vicki's husband promised to double his sponsorship if Vicki could beat his time of last year's event. Vicki...
20 March 2012

The Mythmakers, Sunday 25th March, 3:00 and 7:30 PM, Charing Cross Theatre,  the arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6 NL

Scott of the Antarctic, well known for his tragic end, is saluted by almost every paper in the country as we approach the centenary of his death. There will be more interest at the time of the memorial service in St Paul’s on 29th...
13 March 2012
Paul Rose, former BAS base commander and BBC television presenter is giving some lectures whch could be of interest.
Natural History Museum, London. 18th Mar. Meet an Antarctic Base Commander! Natural History Museum, London. 30th Mar. Exploring the Human Limit! To find out more, Visit Paul's Website. http://paulrose.org/
13 March 2012
Ruth and Vicki to run The Hastings Half Marathon.
Ruth Bailey, a niece of Jeremy Bailey who died in the Tottan Mountains in1965, is running the Hastings Half Marathon on 25th March. This a challenging course with a steep climb! She will be accompanied by her friend Vicki Hart and they...
01 March 2012

Trust Ambassador has raised over £2700 from supporters of her epic trip across Antarctica

Trust Ambassador, Feleicty Aston raised over £2501.00 (plus £180.25 Gift Aid) from supporters of her epic trip across Antarctica. The first woman in the World to walk unaided and alone the 1744 kms across the Antarctic from the...
31 January 2012
Trust Ambassador Felicity Aston has walked from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Ronne Ice Shelf by way of the South Pole in 59 days.
Felicity Aston arrived at Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Shelf Ice on 22 January after skiing 1744km in 59 days from the Leverett Glacier falls into the Ross Ice Shelf by way of the South Pole. She is the first woman to have completed...
21 December 2011
The South Pole is a staging post on her journey to the Ronne Ice Shelf
Felicity Aston arrived at the South Pole in difficult weather on 20 December after 26 days skiing from Ross Ice Shelf on her own. She reports in her latest comment that she is with friends and now well fed! The South Pole is a staging...
09 December 2011
The memorial at Halley has been overhauled and repositioned
The memorial at Halley has been overhauled during this year's (2011) long winter night. The cairn of stone and concrete commemorates the death of Neville Mann who was lost on sea ice in August 1963; Jeremy Bailey, David Wild and John...
09 December 2011
Tom Allan’s niece Marion Hughes is carving a stone replica of the wooden plaque which Tom carved and placed in the bar at Stonington.
Tom Allan's niece Marion Hughes is carving a stone replica of the wooden plaque carved by Tom Allan in 1965 -6 and place in the bar at Stonington. The family are planning a dedication service in the Spring of 2012. Tom died with John...
09 December 2011
Trust Chairman, Roderick Rhys Jones visited the Falkland Islands in November to hold discussions about a potential site for the southern part of the Antarctic Monument
The Chairman of the Trust, Roderick Rhys Jones, visited the Falkland Islands early in November to hold talks about possible sites for the Southern part of the Antarctic Monument.   He met the Governor Nigel Haywood who supports...
03 November 2011
Felicity Aston, one of our ambassadors, is to walk across Antarctica solo
Felicity Aston is in the last stages of the preparation for her solo walk across the Antarctic from the Ross Ice Shelf to the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Wedell Sea.   She will be the first woman to attempt the challenge. Walking 1700kms...
23 June 2011
Letter draws attention to the British lives lost in pursuit of Antarctic science since Scott
The Telegraph has been publishing a series of articles marking the Centenary of Captain Scott's last expedition in the last few weeks. The most recent , published on Tuesday 21 June 2011, was focussed on Scott's contribution to...
15 May 2011
The Antarctic Monument was unveiled outside the Scott Polar Research Institute on 12 May 2011
The Antarctic Monument created by the sculptor Oliver Barratt was unveiled by the artist and the Chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust to applause from well over a hundred family and friends. Antarctic Monument at the...
12 May 2011

The memorial "For those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all" was dedicated on Tuesday 10 May

More than 300 family and friends gathered at St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London for the dedication of the Antarctic Memorial "For those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all"on...
21 April 2011
The memorial has been installed in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral
The Antarctic Memorial has been installed in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral on 12 April by the sculptor Fergus Wessel working with the Clerk of Works, Martin Fletcher and his team. It made an immediate impact with several people...
08 March 2011
Plaque marked out and the carving begins.
The memorial plaque to be placed in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral is now in the workshop of sculptor Fergus Wessel in Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire.  The 1100mm diameter disc was cut from a piece of slate excavated from the...
03 February 2011
Fund-raising lecture on 7.00pm Thursday 17 February 2011, Royal Geographical Society
Ben Fogle, who was lucky enough to visit Captain Scott's hut at Cape Evans in November while filming a documentary for the BBC, was so moved and enthused that he has agreed to speak about his experience, and about Scott himself, at the...
29 January 2011
The Missing and Found column helps to find families of those killed in Antarctica
Within a couple of hours of the Daily Mail being published on Saturday 29 January I received an email with the address of the parents of Ambrose Morgan now living in Dorset.  The Trust will be contacting them to invite them to...
28 January 2011
Sculptor Oliver Barratt has begun carving the monument.
Brian Dorsett-Bailey and I visited workshops in Kent to see work beginning on the oak pillars for the Antarctic Monument by the sculptor Oliver Barratt. Each of two 3 metre pillars consists of five beams of oak which have been cramped...
26 January 2011
Ken Gibson, Trustee, is organising a series of lectures and talks
Dr Russ Thompson will be giving two talks in March. one at Marling School , Stroud and the other at Sir Thomas Rich's , Gloucester, entitled Antarctica: heroism, discovery, inspiration.   He will be introducting the Antarctic...
22 January 2011
The date for the dedication in St Paul's Cathedral is 10 May 2011
The date for the dedication of the Antarctic Memorial in St Paul's Cathedral  is Tuesday 10 May 2011.  The dedication will be part of the evensong starting at 5.00pm in the nave of the Cathedral. We are hoping that many members of...
20 January 2011
Sculpture to be dedicated at SPRI, 12 May 2011
The sculptor Oliver Barratt has begun work on the oak sculpture to be placed in the grounds of the Scott Polar Research Insitute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge.  The first step is to prepare the laminated oak ready for fashioning by...
18 January 2011
A new ship to be called HMS Protector is to take over from HMS Endurance
News that a new HMS Protector is to be commissioned to take the place of HMS Endurance has just reached us and will be welcomed by many Fids as much as by members of the HMS Protector Society.  Details of the new ship have not yet...
27 June 2010
Cambridge City Council grants planning permission
Cambridge City Council has given planning permission for the northern part of the monumental sculpture which is to be sited alongside the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. The sculpture is made of two large pieces of smooth...
22 June 2010
Successful fund raising event to mark the Centenary of the departure from Cardiff of the Terra Nova expedition
Three thousand pounds was raised at the event organised with the National Museum Wales to mark the departure from Cardiff of Captain Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition on 15 June 1910.  The people of Wales and in particular the...
05 June 2010
Trustees accept donation for Ed McLachlan's penguins
A very substantial and generous donation has been accepted by the Trustees for the original cartoon which we posted on the website last May. I spotted this in Private Eye and tracked down the cartoonist Ed McLachlan because I...
14 May 2010
Permission has been granted by the Cathedral authorities to install the Antarctic Memorial
The Fabric Committee and the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral have now given permission for the Antarctic Memorial to be installed in the crypt of the Cathedral. The site of the memorial is adjacent to the Nelson Chamber in the crypt. ...
12 April 2010
Channel 5 is broadcasting National Geographic Channel's series following Ice Patrol Ship HMS Endurance working in the British Antarctic Territory
Supporters of the British Antarctic Monument Trust will be interested in a new series on the Antarctic from National Geographic Channel also being broadcast on Channel 5 on Friday evenings at 8.00pm. The programme 'Ice Patrol '...
01 March 2010
BBC Radio 4 play focusses on the widow of FID returning his ashes to his beloved Antarctic
Prolific playwrite Jim Eldridge was inspired by a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula and the crosses at Petermann Island to write a fictional play about the widow of a FID (staff of the British Antarctic Survey) who planned to return...
18 January 2010
Felicity Aston leads the Kaspersky Commonwealth Womens' South Pole Expedition to a successful conclusion.
Felicity Aston returned to a rapturous reception at the Royal Commonwealth Society in London last week after leading eight women from the Commonwealth countries of Cyprus, Ghana, India, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Jamaica and the...
30 November 2009
Ed Mclachlan donates a cartoon to the British Antarctic Monument Trust
Back in May I spotted a cartoon in Private Eye and tracked down cartoonist Ed McLachlan as I thought it captured the occasional dissoluteness that sweeps over base life.  Having wintered in Halley Bay we were never visited by a...
28 November 2009
HMS Protector Association is supporting the work of the Trust
The HMS Protector Association has been in touch to draw the attention of the Trustees to the deaths of two seaman, Leading Seaman Reg Hodge and Able Seaman Lane, who lost their lives whilst prepping a depth charge for seismic research...
20 October 2009
Nikki Gemmell, Australian author is supporting the Trust
Nikki Gemmell, the Australian author of the Antarctic novel Shiver,  has made a generous donation to the British Antarctic Monument Trust.  I came across Nikki's extraordinary anonymous novel The Bride Stripped Bare  several...
16 June 2009
Following an appeal in the BAS Club Magazine, for news of those who died, Ian Boyd has written about John Anderson.
John died with Robert Atkinson in a crevassse accident at Rothera in May 1981. John was one of Ian's closest friends, they studied together at Aberdeen. The letter can be found in the Memories section.
07 June 2009
Ice depth radar, first pioneered by Jeremy Bailey, used to reveal secrets of a mountain range as big as the Alps hidden beneath the Antarctic ice for 14 million years
A range of mountains lying beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, similar in size and shape to the Alps, has been surveyed using an ice depth radar technique pioneered by in the sixties by Jeremy Bailey , who lost his life during one...
20 April 2009
An article in the Surrey Advertiser prompted a warm response of friends and family of Neville Mann
Following an article in the Surrey Advertiser at the beginning of April asking for information about the family of Neville Mann, the Trust was contacted by his brother David and a number of people that had known Neville Mann in his...
20 April 2009
The polar explorer and adventurer Felicity Aston has agreed to act as an Ambassador for the British Antarctic Monument Trust.
The British Antarctic Monument Trust is delighted to announce that Felicity Aston , the polar explorer and adventurer, has agreed to act as an Ambassador for the British Antarctic Monument Trust. Her role will be to assist in the...
01 April 2009
Donation of the rights to pictures of the cross and cairn at Petermann Island
Rick Du Boisson , an English photographer living in Gainesville, Florida has assigned the rights to two photographs of the cross and cairn at Petermann Island which he took whilst touring in the peninsular. Trust Chairman, Rod Rhys...
28 March 2009
Trustees use local papers to track down families and friends
Ian Gibson who worked with Neville Mann  at Halley Bay in 1963 contacted the Surrey Advertiser at the end of March and asked Beverley Woolford to run an article about the British Antarctic Monument Trust, BAMT.  The only scrap of...
26 March 2009

Minister of Energy and Climate Change recognises the debt to those killed in the Antarctic in the pursuit of science at 50th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty

Ed Miliband, Minister of Energy and Climate Change, spoke at a reception at Lancaster House about the debt we owe to those killed in the Antarctic in the pursuit of science since the first permanent British base was set up at Port...
16 March 2009
Three well known Antarctic personalities have agreed to act as Ambassadors
Three well known Antarctic personalities, John Killingbeck, Paul Rose, and Dr Russell Thompson have agreed to act as Ambassadors for the Antarctic Monument Trust. They all lecture frequently and act as guides and interpreters on...
22 February 2009
Fifty year anniversary of the loss of Dennis Bell and Alan Sharman
Ken Gibson reports that it is possible that the Brazilian Base, Comandante Ferraz, will be requested through the Brazilian Naval Attache in London to take an interest in the graves and cairns at Admiralty Bay.  He has been concerned...
15 February 2009

Signy, holed by an iceberg, and the men lost at Horseshoe

David McDowell has writen from Australia In memory of David Statham, Stanley Black and Geoff Stride which we have posted in the memorial section of the website. After a year acclimatisation at the base on Signy Island he took the...
11 April 2008

Review of other polar memorials and search for possible sites

The artist and designer Graeme Wilson joined Chairman of the Trust, Rod Rhys Jones, at the end of March 2008 on a visit to St Paul's Cathedral to explore how to develop a suitable memorial. The requirement is a contemporary design that...


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