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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First Landing in the British Antarctic Territory- 200 years ago

200 years ago today (16 October 1819), Captain William Smith made the first recorded landing in the British Antarctic Territory, on King George Island in the South Shetland Islands. But who was William Smith, and what was his legacy? William Smith William Smith was born in Britain at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland, on 11 October 1790.…

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Moby Dick – Place Names

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on a Moby Dick inspired theme in the Antarctic Peninsula. August 1st was the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth. Testament to the variety of themes present in the APC gazetteer, there is a Moby Dick…

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Naming Ceremony of RRS Sir David Attenborough

On 26 September 2019, the Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough was officially named by HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. The Government of the British Antarctic Territory were proud to attend this historic occasion. Pictured above are Deputy Commissioner (Jane Rumble OBE) and Administrator (Stuart Doubleday) with the Director of the British Antarctic Survey (Prof…

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Boaty McBoatface – 2019

Pobjoy Mint have just released another Boaty McBoatface 50p coin on our behalf. This new coin compliments the first coin issued in 2018 and celebrates the official naming of the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Autosub Long Range vehicles like Boaty help Oceanographers investigate processes that drive changes in the Polar Regions. This sophisticated vehicle can…

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Attended a fascinating talk as part of #UKParliamentWeek on #Antarctica featuring @BAS_News Prof Dame Jane Francis talking about the important scientific research to help us better understand this unique continent. #UKinAntarctica200

Calling all UK teachers! COOL opportunity for your school & students to talk to a polar expert during #AntarcticaWeek from 2-6 December. Deadline: Friday 15 November. Find out more & sign up here: https://t.co/dhq5cdxPHu

A new podcast series is launching on Antarctica: Iceworld 🇦🇶

BAS Field Guide Rob Taylor's new science podcast focuses on cutting edge polar science & interviews with scientists in Antarctica.

Episode 1 looks at mapping in Antarctica. Listen here: https://t.co/odesrtxmAj

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