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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.

We have announced this year’s Port Lockroy team!

We have announced the Port Lockroy team heading south for the 2019/20 season. The team have a wonderful range of background and experiences that you will love reading about over the season.

Working in sub-zero temperatures, with no mains electricity or running water, the team, which includes two Britons, an Irishman, a Scot and a Finn, will run our beloved most southerly public post office, manage Port Lockroy’s living museum and monitor the resident gentoo penguin colony.

See the full press release here 

Sarah Auffret

It is with great sadness that we must report that a former Port Lockroy staff member, Sarah Auffret, was among those lost on the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET0302.

Sarah first joined the Trust working at Port Lockroy for the 2013-14 season and returning the following year as Base Leader. Sarah featured on the BBC Natural World documentary Penguin Post Office, which was filmed throughout her first season. After her two seasons with us she went on to work as an Expedition Leader for G Adventures and frequently visited Port Lockroy. More recently she joined the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators as their Environmental Agent. It was in this capacity she was travelling to Nairobi to address the UN Environment Assembly this week. Sarah remained closely tied with us at UKAHT and we are grateful for having had her as part of our team. Our thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time.  Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive

AECO Statement

Scientific paper, published by the British Antarctic Survey details long-term study of gentoo penguin population trends at Goudier Island, Port Lockroy

A scientific paper, published by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), this week has updated our understanding of the population trends of the gentoo colony at Port Lockroy. The paper is the result of a long-term monitoring programme on Goudier Island, conducted by (BAS) over the last two decades. Our Chief Executive, Camilla Nichol, comments on the findings in more detail…

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust teamed up with the Polar Museum and the British Antarctic survey to go to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. We took with us a collection of Antarctic fossils as well as Antarctic gear to show families what life is like in Antarctica and talk about the history of Antarctica’s fossils.

Most people don’t realise that Antarctica used to be a jungle and they are often surprised to see that there are so many fossils from the icy continent. As well as speaking to lots of enthused children we also had many adults who came to look at our stalls. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust awarded a grant to the British Antarctic Survey to cover some of their costs towards the event. This was the third year we have been at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and it was once again a huge success with over 10,000 people coming to our displays to look at our collections and try on some Antarctic clothing!

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@limewash.co.uk or +44 (0)1223 813557.  

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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.