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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Stamp Competition: Meet the Judges!

On 12 May 2020 we closed our stamp design competition.  We have been delighted by the response – over 320 entries. Shortly, the judging panel will convene to decide on the winners and runners up. Meet the judging panel! Steve Brace Steve Brace is Head of Education and Outdoor Learning at the Royal Geographical Society…


Midwinter’s Day 2020

Today, 21 June, is Midwinter Day in the British Antarctic Territory.  This annual event, which has its origins with Captain Scott, marks the mid-point of the Antarctic winter. HM Commissioner to the British Antarctic Territory, Ben Merrick, has written to the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) personnel currently stationed in Antarctica. I am writing to send…


World Albatross Day, 19 June 2020

Today, 19 June, marks the first ever World Albatross Day.  The day pays tribute to these magnificent birds.  However, these are also troubling times. Many albatross species are facing threats from mice, rats, cats and pigs which were introduced on islands where the Albatross breed.  Fishing gear is also a major issue with thousands of…

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Blog: 26 Seasons of Penguin Counting

Written by Ron Naveen, President of Oceanites With continued support from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Government of the British Antarctic Territory, the nonprofit science and education organisation, Oceanites, has completed the 26th consecutive field season of its unparalleled Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) project. Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) The ASI began in…



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

An extreme #ThrowbackThursday! Travel all the way back to 1902 with #DiscoveringAntarctica to check out the South Polar Times, produced during the Discovery expedition to #Antarctica @Gov_BAT @foreignoffice @RGS_IBG @RGS_IBGschools #CoolResource #Education

On Tuesday at 8pm our Museum Curator @curatorconnelly will be hosting a special museum themed episode of Call My Bluff as part of the @BSHSNews History of Science festival. Tune in on the website, and take a look at the rest of the brilliant programme:

Introducing #DiversityinUKPolarScience Initiative - Established by @foreignoffice to celebrate diversity where it exists, and encourage inclusion of groups currently underrepresented in UK Polar Science, such as BAME, LGBTQ+ or those who have a disability

Work with us! The Scott Polar Research Institute is looking for a brilliant new Institute Administrator who will work proactively across a variety of areas of responsibility. Find out more Closing date for applications is 19th July 2020.

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