Latest News

Find out the most recent news from UKAHT and our other partners and stakeholders. There is always something of interest happening within the world of Antarctic heritage, whether it is about jobs we are recruiting for or exciting projects or events that we are supporting. You'll find all you need to know about these stories here.

The Port Lockroy Satchel

It looks like the penguin is out of the bag.... Here is our latest product the Port Lockroy Satchel which was made by the Cambridge Satchel Company. It is part of our coordinates range which is designed to celebrate and promote Port Lockroy's unique and captivating history. The Cambridge Satchel Company and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust are both based in Cambridge and we are delighted to be able to work with them on this exciting project. You can read more about the collaboration on their website. 

Port Lockroy Team 2016-17

 

Every year we send a team of four to live and work on Port Lockroy during the Antarctic summer. We are delighted to announce that we have now selected our four recruits for 2016-17. To prepare thethem for life on the world’s harshest continent, we organise a training week each year.  Held at Girton College, Cambridge the week is an opportunity for the team to get to know each other as well as prepare for five months living and working in a historic site and penguin colony on the Antarctic Peninsula – learning everything from first aid and fire safety to running a post office, wildlife surveying and historic artefact conservation.

 

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty was signed in Madrid on October 4, 1991. It designates Antarctica as a “natural reserve, devoted to peace and science” and sets forth basic principles applicable to human activities in Antarctica and prohibits all activities relating to Antarctic mineral resources, except for scientific research. Until 2048 the Protocol can only be modified by unanimous agreement of all Consultative Parties to the Antarctic Treaty. Listen to Camilla Nichol, UKAHT's Chief Executive as she explains why the Protocol is important to her.

 

Horseshoe Conservation Project
Restoring Base Y

We are delighted to announce that we are in the initial phases of undergoing a major conservation project at Horseshoe (Base Y - HSM No. 63) which is due to be carried out over the following seasons. The initial phase of this project is being supported by a grant from the Govt of the British Antarctic Territory and donations which have generously been gifted to us by a range of organisations and individuals as well as our members.

A specialist conservation team (pictured above) has been selected to conduct initial survey work which is scheduled to begin in January 2017. We are especially delighted to have Al Fastier join our team, from our sister trust the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. His wealth of experience and knowledge will be invaluable to our project...

 

Shackleton Centenary Service of Thanksgiving
Westminster Abbey

On Friday 20th May there was a Service of Thanksgiving in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the courage and endurance of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men. The event marked the centenary of the Endurance expedition. We organised the event jointly with the Scott Polar Research Institute and together, managed to attract over 2000 guests. We were honoured to have our Patron HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Lawrence attend as well as a number of high profile dignitaries. People flocked from near and far, with some travelling from as far as New Zealand. It was a wonderful gathering of the Polar community and it was particularly moving to see the two hundred descendants of the men of Shackleton's expeditions in the congregation. It was truly a memorable day. 

2 December 2015
British Oral History Project Launched Online

Fascinating oral history project capturing the history of British endeavour in the Antarctic launches to the public. Collaboration between leading polar organisations brings ambitious British Antarctic Oral History Project to life.

The British Antarctic Oral History Project is the result of collaboration between the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT), British Antarctic Survey (BAS), BAS Club and Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI). The project’s aim is to capture and preserve the recollections and memories of those extraordinarily dedicated individuals who have worked in Antarctica.

16 June 2014
Operation Tabarin's 40th Anniversary

70th Anniversary of Operation Tabarin reception and exhibition at the House of Commons

PR Enquiries
Promoting our important heritage work

We are very keen to promote the heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements sarah@limewashmedia.com or +44 (0)1223 813557.  

Historic Dockyard Museum in the Falkland Islands are raising £1,000,000
25 years of the Environmental Protocol

The Historic Dockyard Museum in the Falkland Islands opened its doors to the public in Sept 2014. The Museum (Under the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust), is a registered charity in the Islands. The HDM has been a huge success but we are not done yet! We need to give the bigger items in our collection a home - a home they deserve.

Nine generations of Social History are being looked after keenly at the Museum but the stories in themselves involve some intriguing and sizable artifacts - from ships rescued from treacherous seas to the Search and Rescue helicopter that saved the lives of many people in and around the Islands - to the 'Roadless' Landrover, only one of 9 ever built! We also have the F4 Phantom II - one of the first to arrive in the Islands after the conflict in 1982 together with a large collection of items left in the aftermath of the conflict in 1982; the bow of a 160 yr old American packet ship - the Charles Cooper; a fire engine, the Governors taxi - a red Austin London cab, a Lynx helicopter, a peat lorry, agricultural equipment and so, so much more!

This big building will also incorporate a much needed storage facility - we have over 7,000 objects in our collection - a collection that continues to grow. Please help us to look after these treasures and preserve the heritage of the Falkland Islands for future generations.

We have the land - we have the plans (a 20 x 60m building), we have the enthusiasm and we have the passion so all we need is the money! We can't do this without your help - we have a huge target but we also have huge hopes!

 

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Press Enquiries

We are very keen to promote the important heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story about us, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements sarah@limewash.co.uk or +44 (0)1223 813 557.