Antarctic Organisations in the UK - Antarctica 100

In the last 100 years Antarctica has grown in world importance from the last great unknown wilderness to the largest science laboratory in the world. Much of this impressive development can be traced back to the exploits of those heroic leaders of expeditions to the continent.

Antarctica 100 (A100) is a network of organisations within Britain with any sort of polar heritage interest. As well as working together on mutual information exchange, collectively they aim to generate wider public interest in the achievements of past polar endeavours especially during the centenary of the heroic age 2001 - 2017. This year A100 is celebrating the centenary of Shackleton's Trans-Antarctic expedition. Associated events are listed at

The following organisations are members of ANTARCTICA 100:

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for early career researchers and everybody interested in Polar Regions. Its aims are to stimulate interdisciplinary and international research collaborations, and develop effective future leaders in polar research, education and outreach.

Athy Heritage Centre and Museum

Focusing on the history of Athy, one of Ireland’s designated heritage towns, the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition devoted to local Polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his expeditions as well as a fifteen-foot model of the Endurance, and the Heritage Centre hosts an annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October bank holiday weekend.

British Antarctic Monument Trust (BAMT)

The British Antarctic Monument Trust was set up to celebrate the achievements of the men and women whose scientific exploration in the British Antarctic Territory has led to a new understanding of our planet, and to honour those who did not return. In honour of the twenty-eight men and one woman who have died in Antarctica, they have placed a memorial tablet in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, have created a monumental sculpture with parts installed at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge and Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and submit proposals to the UK Antarctic Place-Names Committee to have suitable geographic features in Antarctica named after those who have died.

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

BAS is the UK’s national Antarctic operator and is an institute of the National Environment Research Council (NERC). Its aims are to deliver and enable world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. It operates five Antarctic research stations in the British Antarctic Territory, as well as two permanent research stations on South Georgia. It also manages the Arctic Research Programme and runs the UK research stationThe website of the British Antarctic Survey, the UK’s national Antarctic operator, offers information on the history and science of Antarctica, as well as a database of those who have wintered at BAS research stations.

British Antarctic Survey Club (BAS Club)

The British Antarctic Survey Club is a membership organisation for past and present staff of the British Antarctic Survey and its predecessors, the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) and Operation Tabarin, as well as others who have been closely associated with these organisations. It aims to keep members in touch with Antarctic activities through its magazine and newsletters, by arranging annual reunions as well as other events, and seeks to support both its members and projects that document Antarctic life or the work of its members.

Bromsgrove School

Bromsgrove School is a co-educational independent school in Worcestershire founded in 1553. Sir Reginald William Skelton, Chief Engineer and official photographer of Scott’s 1901-04 Discovery Expedition, was a pupil at this school, and the school donated a dog known as ‘Peary’ to Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-13.

Bute Museum

Bute Museum is an independently-run museum which focuses on the Natural and Historical Heritage of the Isle of Bute in Scotland. Birdie Bowes, who accompanied Scott to the South Pole in 1912 and died on the return march, spent his leave with his mother and sister who lived on Bute. The museum houses a small collection of Bowers memorabilia including an original photograph and a memorial.

The Captain Scott Society

Established in Cardiff to commemorate the association of the city with Scott’s last expedition, being the final point of departure in the UK for the SS Terra Nova in 1910, the Scott Society aims to promote social and charitable activities with an emphasis on a ‘spirit of adventure’, as well as perpetuate the memory of Captain Scott and his men. The Society makes two awards every year to expeditions that exhibit a ‘spirit of adventure’.

Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum / The Wilson

The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is home to a range of art and historical collections including a small gallery and collection of Edward Wilson. Wilson, who was born in Cheltenham, accompanied Captain Scott on his Discovery Expedition of 1901-04 and his Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-13, where he perished alongside Scott. The collection includes paintings, photographs and specimens collected by Wilson whilst in the Antarctic, as well as some of the equipment he used.

Cheltenham College

Cheltenham College is a co-educational independent school and was attended by Dr Edward Wilson, who accompanied Scott on his Discovery Expedition of 1901-04 and his Terra Nova Expedition of 1910-13, where he perished. In 2012 it held a memorial service to mark the centenary of the deaths of Wilson and his colleagues.

Devon and Cornwall Polar Society

The Devon and Cornwall Polar Society is an interest group which aims to promote interest in the Polar Regions, particularly in the Heroic Age, supports polar charities and organises regular meetings and events. They have organised several events to commemorate the centenary of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition as well as Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition.

Dundee Heritage Trust / DHT Discovery Point

The Dundee Heritage Trust is a charity formed to preserve and interpret Dundee’s industrial past. It is responsible for Discovery Point Antarctic Museum, based on the RRS Discovery, which was built in Dundee specifically for Polar scientific research for Scott’s British National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition of 1901-04. Visit the website to learn more about Scott’s Discovery expedition and take a virtual tour of the RRS Discovery.

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre

The Fairlynch Museum aims to exhibit artefacts and information about the history and development of Budleigh Salterton and the Lower Otter Valley. In 2011 and 2012 they held the ‘Survival’ exhibition to mark the centenary of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, highlighting the achievements of Surgeon-Commander George Murray Levick, who retired to the area having served as the doctor and zoologist on the expedition.

Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute
(Friends of SPRI)

The Friends of SPRI aims to support the work of the Scott Polar Research Institute by raising funds and providing practical help, principally to the Library, Museum and Picture Library. As well as a member’s newsletter, they also arrange lectures and other social events with SPRI.

The Fuchs Foundation

The Fuchs Foundation organises expeditions of young science and geography teachers to undertake scientific expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic, inspiring their own teaching as well as that of their colleagues. Their aims are to encourage students to study science and geography and to create teaching materials based on these experiences and projects which will meet the needs of the National Curriculum and be available on the Foundation’s website for all schools to use.

Gilbert White and The Oates Collection

The Oates Collection focuses on the lives of two members of the Oates family, including Captain Lawrence Oates who accompanied Scott to the South Pole and died on the return journey. Galleries tell the story of his early life as well as the story of Scott’s Terra Nova expedition, and include numerous artefacts, photographs and documents from the expedition.

Government of the British Antarctic Territory (GBAT)

The British Antarctic Territory is a UK Overseas Territory administered by the Polar Regions Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. With its own laws and legislative framework, as well as postal administration, GBAT aims to ensure the long-term security of the Territory, promote the UK’s sovereignty in the Territory, protect the environment and preserve British heritage, ensure an effective legislative and administrative framework and manage the finances of the Territory.

International Polar Foundation

The International Polar Foundation aims to support polar scientific research and bring about a keener appreciation of the role of science. To achieve these aims the Foundations has initiated several high-profile projects including supporting the creation and operation of Princess Elisabeth Antarctica station, as well as providing logistical support to scientists working in Antarctica, fellowship awards for researchers, an annual Arctic symposium and several science and education websites and resources.

James Caird Society

The James Caird Society exists to preserve the memory and honour the feats of Sir Ernest Shackleton, particularly in relation to the Endurance Expedition of 1914-17. It publishes news and information on Shackleton, as well as arranging lectures and events for its members.

National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum. It houses an extensive range of objects relating to Antarctica’ history and exploration, including the first known painting of Antarctica from Captain Cook’s voyage and items relating to the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.

National Maritime Museum Cornwall

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is a charity dedicated to sharing the history and stories of Cornwall’s maritime history. It has held several Antarctic exhibitions in collaboration with other organisations such as the Scott Polar Research Institute.

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland incorporates several museums in Scotland which preserve and present a wide range of objects. The collection includes specimens collected during the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-03, including bird eggs and fish.

National Museum of Wales

Incorporating several museums in Wales; the National Museum of Wales houses items relating to the Welsh history of Antarctic exploration including items relating to Scott’s Terra Nova expedition.

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum explores the story of Plymouth as well as housing a range of other objects. The collection features Antarctic material relating to two crew members who sailed with Plymouth-born explorer Captain Robert Scott, items belonging to Patrick Keohane (Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913) and Fred Dailey (Discovery Expedition 1901-04) include a photograph album with pictures of everyday life on the expedition, medals, Dailey’s letter of appointment, a model of the Terra Nova made by Keohane, and a set of Scott’s skis, given by Scott to Keohane.

Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers - RGS with IBG)

The RGS (with IBG) is a charity dedicated to the development and promotion of geographical knowledge. As well as housing a range of charts, reports and journals relating to several Antarctic expeditions, the RGS hosts events and exhibitions on Antarctic history and exploration, most recently the Enduring Eye exhibition to commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition. The RGS website allows you to search their picture library, and includes images from several Antarctic expeditions.

Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS)

The RSGC is a charity dedicated to advancing the science of geography worldwide by supporting education, research, expeditions and through publications, as well as hosting numerous talks. The RSGS supported and promoted Sir William Speirs Bruce’s Scottish National Antarctic Expedition of 1902-04, as well as several other more recent expeditions to the Antarctic.

Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

The Scott Polar Research Institute, part of the University of Cambridge, is a centre of excellence in the study of the Arctic and Antarctic, with research covering both the natural and social sciences. It also houses the world’s premier Polar library, extensive archival, photographic and object collections relating to the history of polar exploration, and a Polar Museum housing a range of objects relating to the history of the Arctic and Antarctica. SPRI also runs a range of public events, lectures and exhibitions. The Scott Polar Research Institute website includes a comprehensive library of photographs taken during expeditions dating from 1845-1960.

South Georgia Association (SGA)

The South Georgia Association aims to encourage interest and research in South Georgia, and promote the conservation of its natural and cultural heritage. As a membership organisation it arranges events and has contributed to several projects including the British Antarctic Oral History Project and South Georgia’s Habitat Restoration Project.

South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT)

The SGHT was established to raise funds to conserve and protect the indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia, to raise awareness of South Georgia’s threatened species, and to preserve the historical heritage of South Georgia. They also manage the South Georgia Museum, which covers most aspects of South Georgia’s history including the sealing and whaling eras as well as the discovery, exploration and expeditions of Antarctica.

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle and Gardens is a private castle and grounds open to the public. Sudeley Castle held an exhibition of artefacts, ‘South with Shackleton’, from Shackleton’s British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-09 in 2004. Many of the artefacts displayed belonged to Sir Philip Brocklehurst, a member of the expedition and nephew to the castle’s former owner Emma Dent.

Tewkesbury Museum

Tewkesbury Museum is a community museum dedicated to protecting and displaying the heritage of the town. Their displays include an exhibit on local man Raymond Edward Pristley, who joined both Shackleton’s 1907 Expedition and Scott’s 1910 Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica.

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

UKAHT exists to advance the preservation, enhancement and promotion of Antarctic heritage and to engage, inform and inspire a global audience. As well as managing six Historic Sites and Monuments (HSMs) on the Antarctic Peninsula, UKAHT supports the conservation of objects and sites through partner organisations and takes a lead in arranging heritage events and exhibitions. UKAHT also provides grants to support institutions and individuals in the preservation, enhancement and promotion of British Antarctic heritage.

UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF)

The UKOTCF exists to promote the coordinated conservation of plant and animal species, as well as the natural habitats of the UK Territories Overseas. It aims to do this by providing assistance in the form of expertise, information and liaison between non-governmental organisations and governments, both in the UK and in the Territories themselves.

UK Polar Network (UKPN)

The UKOTCF exists to promote the coordinated conservation of plant and animal species, as well as the natural habitats of the UK Territories Overseas. It aims to do this by providing assistance in the form of expertise, information and liaison between non-governmental organisations and governments, both in the UK and in the Territories themselves.

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