The British Antarctic Territory is the UK’s largest Overseas Territory. It lies in Antarctica, the world's most southerly continent.

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Underwater Cultural Heritage

In February 2020, the Marine Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) completed the first stage in reviewing potentially significant Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites in the British Antarctic Territory and across the Southern Ocean. This builds on the UCH Strategy for the British Antarctic Territory which was published in November 2018. MAST have undertaken a desk-based assessment…


BLOG: Diversity in Polar Science

As referenced in Jane Rumble’s blog in January, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Government of the British Antarctic Territory are supporting a Diversity in Polar Science initiative to promote and enhance Antarctic science opportunities to under-represented groups. Donna Frater is leading this work and sets out more about what this involves. I am…


Changes to Place Names

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on changes due to satellite imagery and glacial retreat. During a recent cruise as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC), a new island was sighted from the US vessel Nathaniel B Palmer while off the…


Design a Stamp Competition: Discovering Antarctica

2020 marks 200 years since the discovery of the Antarctic continent. To celebrate, we are running a competition for children aged 4 – 17 years old to design an official postage stamp for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). The design theme is “Discovering Antarctica”. Four lucky winners will have their very own drawings featured on…



Are those dinosaurs I hear? Antarctica was once part of a supercontinent and #tropical!

Take your children back in time to when #Antarctica was green:

#DiscoveringAntarctica #CoolResource @RGS_IBG @foreignoffice @GovBAT

A fun #homeschooling activity, yes, but let's be honest...there's not an adult out there not itching to discover their #penguin alter ego 🐧#Antarctica

29th March 1912. Captain R F Scott's last words, written in his diary during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13, were 'For God’s sake look after our people'. When his words were made known, the response was huge. Read Scott's expedition diaries

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