Since the base’s closure it has remained unoccupied and relatively unaltered, preserving it as a time capsule of 1950s Antarctic life. The ice conditions still make it difficult to reach Detaille, however, sea ice permitting, tourist vessels occasionally manage to visit the site.
The site provides a rare and important insight into the science and living conditions at the time that the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959. Detaille is now under our care and management. Our conservation teams made the base structurally secure and weather tight during the seasons 2010-11 and 2012-13.
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Read more information about Detaille on the British Antarctic Survey Archives website