The Trust supports UK and overseas polar institutions and individuals with grant aid towards outreach and education projects that fulfil the mission of the Trust. 

We have given financial assistance to enable institutions to purchase key Antarctic artefacts at auction to safeguard them for the public. These often include iconic items from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, such as Scott’s sledging flag, Shackleton’s boat compass, Macklin’s journal and Cheetham’s manuscript diaries.

The principles for the Trust’s grant giving are enshrined in its mission statement:
The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust exists to advance the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage to engage, inform and inspire a global audience.

Grant applications are reviewed at the Trustees’ Board Meetings. Each application will be considered on its own merit and the Trustees will determine the degree of an award made, if any.

If you would like to apply for a grant from the Trust please complete the Grant Application form and return it to the Trust.


Grantee Description of Grant Grant awarded


Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

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SPRI utilises the grant to fund a conservator post to allow them to continue their varied conservation work. This grant has also contributed to the collections programme. £50,000 Click here to read report



Royal Geographical Society (RGS) with IBG

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UKAHT is the headline supporter of an exhibition, 'The Enduring Eye', opening on 20 November 2015 to mark the centenary of the sinking of Shackleton's crushed Endurance in Antarctica. Inspired by the original glass plate negatives of Frank Hurley that the RGS hold, this exhibition will focus on Hurley's work and his contribution to the expedition. £60,000  

Falkland Island Museum & National Trust (FIM&NT)


The FIM&NT is relocating their museum to the Dockyard in the centre of Stanley. This major project was granted a total of £1.8m by the Falkland Islands Government and these funds have allowed the preparation of the site and buildings (five of which are Listed) and the construction of the Diamond Jubilee Building.  Financial assistance was sought to create high quality exhibitions within the complex. The UKAHT awarded the grant to aid the development, design and build of the Antarctic Gallery. This gallery will be the last major exhibition in circuit around the main museum, providing a memorable and first-class finale to the visitor experience. UKAHT has had an input from the commencement, through to the final stage of the exhibitions development. £74,076 Click here to read report

Devon & Cornwall Polar Society

Devon and Cornwall Polar Society

UKAHT contribution towards commemoration of the centenary of Shackleton’s Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition aboard Endurance from Plymouth; launch of the national Shackleton 100 commemorations; engage the wider public and especially young people in the inspirational story of the Endurance expedition; and to bring together polar enthusiasts and descendants from around the world.  £500 Click here to read report

Cheltenham Civic Society

Cheltenham Civic Society

The appearance of the statue of Dr Edward Wilson by Kathleen Scott in Cheltenham Promenade has been enhanced, including the professional, conservation quality, cleaning of the bronze statue and its Portland stone plinth and two weatherproof storyboards have also been erected. All of this work was carried out with grants from the UKAHT, other sponsorship and donations. The final stage of the refurbishment requires a new plaque recalling Wilson’s achievements. The original bronze plaque was lost in the 1950s, and was subsequently replaced by an incised inscription. The Society have a sourced a photograph of the original plaque and their plan is to create a replica one, which can withstand weathering etc. The UKAHT agreed to match fund any monies raised by the Society up to £1,537. 



The Trust is pleased to have been able to financially assist the following organisations:

British Antarctic Survey and BAS Club

Dundee Heritage Trust
Dundee Heritage Trust

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

The Captain Scott Society

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum

Edgar Evans Statue Appeal
Fairlynch Museum

Haslemere Museum

Mawson's Huts Foundation

Natural History Museum

National Maritime Museum

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

The Oates Museum

Royal Geographical Society

Scott Polar Research Institute

Torquay Museum