2020 is the 200th anniversary of the first recorded sighting of Antarctica.
At UKAHT our aim is to connect people with the wonder of Antarctica and its stories of human endeavour to help promote a greater understanding of this extraordinary place and the role we all have in protecting it. Over the next decade we hope to engage a growing and increasingly diverse audience with this heritage and the wider questions concerning Antarctica; and use our expertise and influence to help secure a sustainable future for this most remarkable place on our planet.
No time like the present... as a new decade begins, and with our revised strategy and mission and the momentous celebrations of discovery, UKAHT have set to mark the special anniversary by bringing the continent into the lives of millions of people in Britain through an innovative arts, education and events programme throughout the year of 2020, and hope the momentum created will propel us into a future where people are inspired to continue engaging with 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 offer an 'In Sight' into what this exciting year has install. There were sneak peaks into the events programme planned and a series of insightful and interesting talks from; Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office & Minister for the Polar Regions; Dr Suzanne Imber, Planetary Scientist, and Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Leicester, winner of the 2017 BBC Two television program Astronauts, Do You Have What It Takes? and a participant in 2020s Homeward Bound Expedition (a global leadership initiative set against the backdrop of Antarctica); and Dawyne Fields FRGS (naturalist, TV presenter and explorer) and Phoebe Smith (author, broadcaster and adventurer) who in 2020 hope to embark on an unassisted transantarctic crossing to raise awareness of climate change, and are the founders of the #WETWO Foundation.
Following a successful launch event, we are incredibly excited to have received great feedback from those in attendance.
You can be a part of it too, get an Antarctica 'In Sight' into what we are planning by visiting our programme page... we hope to see you at one of our events throughout 2020!