The purpose of the British Antarctic Monument is to promote good citizenship by honouring those explorers and scientists who have carried out hazardous duties in the pursuit of scientific knowledge in the British Antarctic Territory.
We want to advance education by increasing the understanding of how their exploration and scientific work has contributed to our knowledge of the natural environment, such as our climate and the movement of continents.
The monument will increase the awareness of the British peoples, and those of other nations, to the contribution that Britain has made to the exploration and understanding of this remote area and the significance their discoveries have on us today and our future lives.
We want to advance the appreciation of art by creating a unique and significant work which, by its design and execution, links two places that are far apart on the Earth yet are inter-connected.
We want this work of art to be seen by the public in the United Kingdom and by the thousands of tourists that visit the Antarctic region each year.
We want people to appreciate the scale of Antarctic scientific research, understand the implications of the discoveries and appreciate the endeavour of these young men and women.
The monument has been designed by the distinguished sculptor, Oliver Barratt. He has created a unique work which is in two parts - one in the United Kingdom and the other in the South. This will reflect the environmental and scientific link between Britain and the Antarctic whilst at the same time recognising the emotional and physical separation experienced by explorers.
One part symbolises a mould from which the other part has been cast. The mould is made in British Oak.
The needle shaped casting will be made in stainless steel and will reflect the surrounding landscape. It will be positioned either in the Falklands Islands, known as the gateway to the Antarctic and through which, until very recently, all British explorers journeyed on their way South, or at the British Base of Rothera on the Antarctic Peninsula. It is intended that the names of those who did not return should be inscribed in a spiral around the stele at about head height so that they can be read at close quarters.
You can see a slide show of the design here.
You can see a slide show of the unveiling here.