Antarctica is a potentially superb and inspiring teaching vehicle. The study of Antarctica embraces history, geography, every known branch of science, environmental issues, international politics and cooperation, international law, and the motivation and performance of man himself in a very hostile setting. This interwoven web of knowledge is unique, continues to develop and needs to be put to good use. You can read more about Britain's Antarctic heritage in our booklet. Copies are available from the Trust.
The use of Antarctica, the only continent on Planet Earth not permanently populated by man, is governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959. It came into force 23 June 1961 and is one of the most successful international treaties ever to have been negotiated. The Treaty established Antarctica as a military and nuclear free area devoted only to the cause of scientific research. It froze all territorial claims. It has addressed successfully major environmental issues such as minerals exploitation and wildlife protection. The treaty remains relevant. For more information see www.ats.aq
The Antarctic Heritage Trust has supported a number of institutions in the UK whose aim is to educate. These include: Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, Discovery Point Antarctic Museum in Dundee, Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and The Oates Museum Field Studies Centre in Selborne.