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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2020 Antarctic Place-Names mark 200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Antarctica

The Government of the British Antarctic Territory is delighted to announce 28 new place-names in the Territory.  These place-names honour those who have made an exceptional contribution to furthering the understanding, protection and management of Antarctica over the last fifty years, and whose achievements warrant highlighting alongside those of the early explorers. The UK Committee…


Blaiklock Island

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place-names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on Blaiklock Island. Blaiklock Island in Marguerite Bay (67°32’40”S, 67°01’07”W) was named in 1955 for Kenneth Blaiklock, pioneering surveyor who died at the end of September 2020 aged 92. He was a surveyor at Stonington 1948-50, including…


Gazette #54 Published

The latest edition of the British Antarctic Territory Gazette was published today, 19 November 2020. This covers the period January to November 2020. This is an important record of all BAT legislation, orders, appointments. Read the latest Gazette in full


British Antarctic Territory celebrates inaugural Polar Pride Day

Today (18 November) the Government of the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) and the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) are celebrating the inaugural Polar Pride Day. This day demonstrates a commitment to support and enhance Diversity in Polar Science. To mark the day, while we cannot celebrate in person this year,…



Grateful for support of @tariqahmadbt, UK Minister for the Polar Regions: "A huge achievement for all honoured" 👏

Our chancellor Professor Dame Jane Francis has been honoured for her work in advancing science in the polar regions, as a 1,136m-high Antarctica peak is named after her 🏔

Dame Jane is among 28 people recognised by @BAS_News.

Prof Seymour Laxon and Dr Katharine Giles, prominent sea ice scientists @ES_UCL who died tragically in 2013, are among leading UK explorers & researchers honoured with place names in Antarctica to mark the 200th anniversary of the continent's discovery

Fantastic to be involved in the approval of 28 @AntarcticNames this year to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of #Antarctica.

This chart from our archive dates back to 1820, showing early navigational information and views of the continent. #AntarcticWeek

2020 is the 200th anniversary of Antarctica's discovery ❄️To mark the occasion, 28 places on the continent have been named in honour of polar scientists and staff, including 27 from the British Antarctic Survey and NERC.
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Polar scientists and staff awarded place names in #Antarctica - 28 Antarctic Place-Names have been announced today by @GovBAT, as we near the end of the year marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica: @AntarcticNames

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