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Celebrating Midwinter’s Day 2019

Midwinter’s Day marks the mid-point of the Antarctic winter. In a tradition which goes back to the era of Scott and Shackleton, it will be celebrated by those working in the near 24-hour darkness. HM Commissioner to the British Antarctic Territory, Ben Merrick, has written to the British Antartic Survey (BAS) personnel currently stationed in…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Arrowsmith Peninsula

As part of a regular series on the meaning of place names in the Territory, this latest edition focuses on an area which honours a number of prominent glaciologists – Arrowsmith Peninsula. John F Nye (1923-2019) was a prominent figure in the field of glaciology. He was the first to apply plasticity to understand glacier…

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Chinstrap Penguin Coin – 2019

The second coin in the five-part Penguin 50p series has been released by Pobjoy Mint, and features the Chinstrap penguin. You can get your hands on the coin direct from Pobjoy Mint while stocks last or from all good coin stockists. About Chinstraps are so called due to the band of dark feathers under the chin which…

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Adélie Penguin Coin – 2019

Hot off the mint is the new 50p coin featuring the classically comical Adélie Penguin. This is the first in a set of five coins to be released by Pobjoy Mint this year. Where can I buy it I hear you cry!  New releases such as this delightful coin and others can be purchased from…

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Two hundred years since the discovery of the South Shetland Islands

In the early 1800s the possibility that there might be a great southern continent had fascinated explorers and seafarers for centuries. The celebrated British explorer James Cook had nearly discovered Antarctica during his 1772-75 expedition. He sailed as far south as 71°10´ S, in one of the few places in the Southern Ocean where land…

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Gazette #52 Published

The latest edition of the British Antarctic Territory Gazette was published today, 19 February 2019. This covers the period November 2018 to January 2019. This is an important record of all BAT legislation, orders, appointments. Read the latest Gazette in full

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