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.
Tuesday, November 6th 2018

Brian Dorsett-Bailey

Brian Dorsett-Bailey, who has died aged 79, was a Trustee of the British Antarctic Monument Trust. He was the brother of Jeremy Bailey who died in a crevasse accident in 1965 near the British Antarctic Survey base of Halley Bay. Jeremy was a pioneer in the technology of ice-depth radar which allowe… Full Story...
Saturday, October 27th 2018

A gleaming Southern Monument

Ian Bury, our contractor friend in the Falkland Islands, has thoroughly polished the Southern Monument in preparation for the influx of tourists either staying for a holiday in the Falklands or passing through on a cruise ship bound for South Georgia and the Antarctic. There has been a significant a… Full Story...

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