The Antarctic Monument Campaign

Since the British Government established its first permanent research base in Antarctica in 1944 at Port Lockroy, over 2000 men and women of the British Antarctic Survey and its predecessor the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey have worked in the world’s most treacherous conditions to help us understand the world in which we live. Twenty eight men and one woman have died in the pursuit of this scientific knowledge. 

The British Antarctic Monument Trust is a charity 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.

Northern Monument St Pauls Monument Southern Monument

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 and Florence Nightingale.  The memorial was dedicated on 10 May 2011.

We have also created a monumental sculpture, by the sculptor Oliver Barratt, the northern part of which is at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University was unveiled on 12 May 2011 and the southern part on Dockyard Point, Stanley, Falkland Islands - gateway to the Antarctic - was dedicated on 25 February 2015.


To assist the Trust organise educational and other activities and to help raise awareness of its work four eminent polar explorers have joined as British Antarctic Monument Trust Ambassadors.

They are:

  • Felicity Aston the first woman to walk alone across Antarctica from the Ross Sea to the Wedell Sea;
  • John Killingbeck 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;
  • Dr Russell Thompson glaciologist, meteorologist and Antarctic guide.
Friday, August 3rd 2018

Revamped website for the British Antarctic Monument Trust

Below the banner of a perfect Antarctic day photographed by Ivor Morgan on the South 2015 Expedition is our new website. Thanks to the design team at Plexus at Cromarty and the inspiration of Graeme Wilson and the Trustees, the site is colour coded to the Antarctic sky and Emperor Penguins. The Tru… Full Story...
Monday, July 9th 2018

Icy Graves - new account of those lost

Written by the historian Stephen Haddelsey Icy Graves points to our more recent understanding of the effects of the cold, blizzards, ice-blink and white-out on human physiology and psychology to reinterpet these earlier deaths. Did Scott’s open sleeping bag and arm thrown over Edward Wilson sh… Full Story...

Charity Commision Registration

The British Antarctic Monument Trust is registered with the Charity Commissioners number 01123064

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