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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Gentoo Penguin Coin – 2019

The fourth coin in the five-part Penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint, and features the Gentoo penguin. You can get your hands on the coin direct from Pobjoy Mint while stocks last or from all good coin stockists. About Gentoo penguins are the fastest underwater swimmer of all the penguins and also have…


Marine Navigation – Place Names

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on areas relating to navigation in Antarctic waters. RRS Ernest Shackleton has been a core part of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) operations for the last 20 years and left BAS service at the end of April. The…


Emperor Penguin Coins – 2019

Two new coins featuring Emperor Penguins have been launched by Pobjoy Mint this month.  Now we all love the conventional Easter icons – a rabbit here, a baby chicken there, but why not go alternative this Easter and p-p-p pick-up these new delightful coins. New releases such as this and others can be purchased from…


Supporting The Royal British Legion

To mark the end of World War One, we issued a commemorative postage stamp set highlighting the role played by Ernest Shackleton’s men who, against all the odds, returned from the ill-fated Trans-Antarctic Expedition to serve their country. Thanks to the sales of those stamps, we have donated a total of £1,000 to The Royal British…



Feeling a bit chilly in the office? Spare a thought for people working in our ice core labs at a perky -25 degrees! Last week the @NakedScientists came to BAS to interview glaciologist Rob Mulvaney about the role of ice core analysis in understanding the changing atmosphere.

1922: Shackleton-Rowett Expedition: Before he could set off for Antarctica, Sir Ernest Shackleton died on South Georgia, where he remains buried today. Shackleton’s death is seen as having marked the end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. 🇬🇧🇦🇶🇬🇸 #UKinAntarctica200

#Takeacloserlook at some of the state-of-the-art facilities and equipment on board the RRS Sir David Attenborough #PolarShip #Engineering

Help us protect some of the worlds most unique heritage. We conserve HSM sites on the Antarctic Peninsula, the origins of UK Antarctic science. Find out how to get involved:

Antarctic Heritage for all ❄️💌🐧

As Minister for the Ocean, I am proud to lead the FCO’s efforts to work with others internationally to protect our shared ocean #WorldOceansDay #CMEProg #TogetherWeCan @ukgovbluebelt

It’s #WorldOceansDay! And with the focus on #Gender a special shout out to all women engaged in @CCAMLR1 We are thankfully a steadily growing force 😀 The #SouthernOcean needs positive cooperation from everyone 🐧

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