Lifestyle Artefacts

Sometimes the men stationed in Antarctica were there for more than two years at a time. During the summer months the men were fully occupied with their scientific work with little time for rest and relaxation. The winter was a different matter. The long days of darkness meant that fieldwork was impossible so they needed to occupy themselves in other ways.


When the indoor work was done, they filled their long days entertaining themselves with books, music and crafts. Each base has a library of books, often a record player and collection of records, but more interesting are the homemade entertainments. In Damoy hut a complete homemade version of Monopoly called ‘FIDopoly’ complete with cards and counters was found in the attic, now on display in Port Lockroy. Port Lockroy itself was the canvas for one artistic FID, who painted life-sized portraits of his favourite movie starlets on the walls. Visitors today enjoy spotting Diana Dors and Marilyn Monroe during their visits.

Historical Significance

The books, gramophone records and other artefacts tell us much about the tastes and interests of these men as well as the popular entertainments of the time and offer a little window into a world half a century away.

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