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Find out the most recent news from UKAHT and our other partners and stakeholders. There is always something of interest happening within the world of Antarctic heritage, whether it is about jobs we are recruiting for or exciting projects or events that we are supporting. You'll find all you need to know about these stories here.

UKAHT statement on coronavirus

2020 was always going to be an extraordinary year. But none of us really anticipated quite how extraordinary.  We started the year with the launch of Antarctica In Sight, our cultural programme to bring Antarctica closer to all of us through artists commissions, public events and learning programmes. The first few months of this bicentenary year have certainly been remarkable, with events held across the UK including sell-out talks, community programmes, artists’ works and high profile speaking engagements, and coverage of UKAHT’s work everywhere from the Today Programme to The Daily Express.

 

 

Antarctica Family Fun this Half Term

Next week, on 18 and 20 February, another of our Antarctica In Sight events takes place. We’ve proudly supported Sutton African Caribbean Cultural Organisation to develop ‘Exploration to Antarctica’, a family and community event that will see children and their families learn about George Washington Gibb Jr – the first person of African Caribbean descent to set foot on Antarctica – and get creative through a range of fun STEM themed activities.

Date: Tuesday 18 February, 10.00 till 12.00 and Thursday 20 February, 10.00 till 12.00

Venue: Community Hub, Ground Floor, St Nicholas Shopping Centre, Sutton High Street, SM1 1AY

Booking is essential and spaces are limited to 10 family groups. For full details and to book visit here.

 

200 Schools to Envision Icebergs Using Watercolour
Peter Liversidge's Proposals for Antarctica

As part of Antarctica In Sight, artist Peter Liversidge has created a project, ‘Proposals for Antarctica’, published in a book, and comprises of 60 proposals.

One project Peter is developing is a new artwork which engages primary school children around the country. That artwork will bring together new watercolours of what children think icebergs may look like, and will use water that originates from actual Antarctic ice to mix with the watercolour paint. The idea is that the school children who make the paintings will create watercolours of what they imagine icebergs to look like, that due to climate change, they may have to rely on their imaginations in the future to see.

To get updates on how you or your school can get involved, email your interest in the project to info@ukaht.org, and state clearly your happiness for us to store your details and communicate with you in accordance of our Privacy Policy.

 

UKAHT Support Whippet Up's Wellbeing Boost Initiative

As part of Antarctica In Sight, UKAHT have chosen to support several initiatives nationally that meet the aims of our cultural programme, to engage a growing and increasingly diverse audience with the continent.

Let us tell you about one of the fantastic projects we are supporting…

 

 

Polar Scientisits Inspire the Next Generation
The McManus Gallery, Dundee

The first event in our Antarctica In Sight programme was a success!

On the 27th of January, students from local secondary schools and Dundee & St Andrew's University gathered at The McManus Gallery, Dundee, to hear about the importance and fragility of Antarctica from two leading Polar Scientists from the UK Polar Network, Paola Guerrero and Anna Crawford. 

As part of Antarctica In Sight, our mission is to bring the continent into the lives of millions of people in Britain. This event encapsulated the programmes mission and our hope to inspire the next generation to be responsible for the future of Antarctica.

In partnership with the British Science Association, we have develop a set of activities for Primary and Secondary School Children to explore history and heritage we share with Antarctica - and develop a new vessel needed for this voyage South. These resources are free to download - find yours here.

Antarctica In Sight is Launched!
To Protect, To Inspire, To Champion

2020 is the 200th anniversary of the first recorded sighting of Antarctica. 

On the 30th of January 2020, exactly 200 years after Irishman and British Citizen, Edward Bransfield first sighted Antarctica, UKAHT launched 'Antarctica In Sight' at the Royal Geographical Institute, London.

UKAHT were joined for a wonderful evening by guests, speakers, supporters and donors to showcase what this exciting year has install.

To get an Antarctica 'In Sight' into what happened on this eventful evening, keep reading...

 

Travelling to Antarctica the ethical, responsible and safe way
Our CEO Responds

The anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica has led to a great deal of media interest in the continent, something UKAHT is of course delighted about. Our role at UKAHT is to encourage interest in, and conversation about, Antarctica, which is why we have launched Antarctica In Sight, our new cultural programme that will bring the continent alive for thousands of people during 2020 and beyond. Occasionally, media interest can be a little over-enthusiastic....

We have announced this year’s Port Lockroy team!

We have announced the Port Lockroy team heading south for the 2019/20 season. The team have a wonderful range of background and experiences that you will love reading about over the season.

Working in sub-zero temperatures, with no mains electricity or running water, the team, which includes two Britons, an Irishman, a Scot and a Finn, will run our beloved most southerly public post office, manage Port Lockroy’s living museum and monitor the resident gentoo penguin colony.

See the full press release here 

Sarah Auffret

It is with great sadness that we must report that a former Port Lockroy staff member, Sarah Auffret, was among those lost on the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET0302.

Sarah first joined the Trust working at Port Lockroy for the 2013-14 season and returning the following year as Base Leader. Sarah featured on the BBC Natural World documentary Penguin Post Office, which was filmed throughout her first season. After her two seasons with us she went on to work as an Expedition Leader for G Adventures and frequently visited Port Lockroy. More recently she joined the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators as their Environmental Agent. It was in this capacity she was travelling to Nairobi to address the UN Environment Assembly this week. Sarah remained closely tied with us at UKAHT and we are grateful for having had her as part of our team. Our thoughts go out to her family at this difficult time.  Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive

AECO Statement

Scientific paper, published by the British Antarctic Survey details long-term study of gentoo penguin population trends at Goudier Island, Port Lockroy

A scientific paper, published by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), this week has updated our understanding of the population trends of the gentoo colony at Port Lockroy. The paper is the result of a long-term monitoring programme on Goudier Island, conducted by (BAS) over the last two decades. Our Chief Executive, Camilla Nichol, comments on the findings in more detail…

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust teamed up with the Polar Museum and the British Antarctic survey to go to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. We took with us a collection of Antarctic fossils as well as Antarctic gear to show families what life is like in Antarctica and talk about the history of Antarctica’s fossils.

Most people don’t realise that Antarctica used to be a jungle and they are often surprised to see that there are so many fossils from the icy continent. As well as speaking to lots of enthused children we also had many adults who came to look at our stalls. The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust awarded a grant to the British Antarctic Survey to cover some of their costs towards the event. This was the third year we have been at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and it was once again a huge success with over 10,000 people coming to our displays to look at our collections and try on some Antarctic clothing!

PR Enquiries
Promoting our important heritage work

We are very keen to promote the heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements sarah@limewash.co.uk or +44 (0)1223 813557.  

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Press Enquiries

We are very keen to promote 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, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements sarah@limewash.co.uk or +44 (0)1223 813 557.