Our Mission

  • We exist to preserve, enhance and promote British Antarctic heritage to engage, inform and inspire a global audience.
  • We care for and conserve historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica so that they might be enjoyed and learned from by current and future generations.
  • We support other organisations to preserve British Antarctic heritage, be they sites, artefacts or archives.
  • We deliver and support of a range of innovative public programmes to engage and inspire people of all ages with 250 years of British human endeavour in Antarctica.


Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. The practical care and management of our historic sites and their artefacts in Antarctica is both our biggest challenge and our greatest responsibility. Our ongoing work to protect and stabilise these buildings and artefacts aims to ensure they will be available for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy, our flagship historical site, is a sheltered harbour off the coast of Wiencke Island at the meeting point of three seaways which offer some of the most dramatic mountain and glacier scenery on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. For more than a century Port Lockroy has been a home for explorers, whalers, scientists, and sailors who have made vital contributions to Antarctic history and the harbour has become the most popular visitor destination in Antarctica today.

Antarctica in the UK

If you are passionate about Antarctica and it's history or are simply curious to find out more about certain explorers or expeditions, then there are plenty of places, resources and organisations in the UK that you can tap into to experience the Antarctic story and that will help bring it to life. To help you find the right place to visit or organisation to approach, we have compiled lists of all the collections, organisations and resources in the UK with an Antarctic theme.

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Press Enquiries

We love to talk about 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, would like to arrange an interview, use our images or films, or want to discuss an opportunity to collaborate then get in touch.

For all press enquiries, please contact ukaht@89up.org or +44 (0) 203 411 28 89. For urgent press enquires out of office hours, please call +44 (0) 203 2 89 89 01.