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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18 November declared Pride Day in the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

This week the Government of the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) and the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) will celebrate the contribution of LGBTQ+ people by declaring 18 November as Pride Day in the Territories. The declaration demonstrates a commitment to support and enhance Diversity in Polar Science. To mark the…

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Blog: Thoughts from the Desk

Written by Eleanor Floyd. Three years ago I joined the Polar Regions Department as the ‘Desk Officer for Antarctica and the British Antarctic Territory’ at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  Little did I know quite how varied the role would be and how much I would enjoy getting to know more about this unique…


Stamp Competition: Winners Announced

On 30 January 2020, we launched our stamp design competition for those aged 4 – 17 years.  The design theme was “Discovering Antarctica”. A panel of judges selected four winning designs from the four age groups.  These designs will become official postage stamps for the British Antarctic Territory. Six runners up were also chosen. We…


Pitt Islands

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on the Pitt Islands. The Pitt Islands contain many place-names following the theme of characters from the Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens. The theme was chosen in 1959 and as June 2020 was the 150th anniversary of…



Big thanks to everyone who entered the competition - we had so many fantastic entries and the panel found choosing winners and runners up really hard. We hope you are inspired to keep discovering more about #Antarctica 🇦🇶🐧

What is the #ozone hole, and why has it formed over Antarctica? What are the dangers of depleting the ozone layer, and what is being done to tackle this problem? KS3/4 pupils can explore these questions at #DiscoveringAntarctica: @GovBAT @RGS_IBG

What a difference a day makes! Overnight, with good weather, the upper section of the hull of the RRS James Clark Ross has had the top coat of paint applied. The old lady is looking fresh once again @BAS_News

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