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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 Berwyn Slate quarry in Llangollen in December and transported to a specialist stone cutting company Cerrig in Pwllheli where advanced water-jet techniques were used to cut out the profile of the Antarctic and other land masses.

When Graeme Wilson and Rod Rhys Jones visited Fergus on Monday 7 March he had marked out the lettering and the relief of Emperor penguins and work can now begin on carving the slate. 

Fergus with mark up


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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