We have brought together a collection of links that you may find interesting. For any additions, omissions or errors, please contact us.
ANARE Club of Australia
The Secretary of the ANARE Club phoned the BAS Club Secretary to send greetings from the ANARE Club and to offer hospitality to FIDs who may find themselves in Australia at around Midwinter. A number of Midwinter dinners are held each year in June reflecting the large distances involved between centres of population in Australia.Dinners are held in Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney, Alice Springs and Perth. Details of the ANARE contacts at these locations and details of the dinners are found on the ANARE Club website. The ANARE club website could be of interest all members of the BAS Club. You can contrast and compare the offerings of the two clubs. ANARE produce the magazine Aurora.
Harry Hudson is the Secretary of the ANARE Club. He may be contacted at:
The Secretary of the ANARE Club
GPO Box 2534W
Visit the ANARE Club of Australia website
British Antarctic Monument Trust
The British Antarctic Monument Trust has been set up to celebrate the achievements of the men and women whose scientific exploration in the British Antarctic Territory has led to a new understanding of our planet, and to honour those amongst them who did not return.
The Trust is working to:
- place a memorial tablet in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral,
- ensure that all those who have lost their lives have an appropriate place named after them,
- create a monumental sculpture, part of which will be in the United Kingdom and part of which will be sited in the South.
Visit the British Antarctic Monument Trust website
British Antarctic Oral History Project
At the time of writing (May 2012) around 135 interviews have been carried out since the new phase of the project began in March 2009, though not all have yet been fully transcribed and archived. Together with the pre-existing ones, there are currently about 200 oral history recordings in the BAS archives. Further interviews are held at the Scott Polar Research Institute and another four Antarctic scientists have been recorded through the British Museum as part of their Oral History of British Science program. The project is still in the collecting phase but the overall aim is to make these recordings accessible to the public and thus inspire people for generations to come.
BAS Club member Allan Wearden firstname.lastname@example.org is the main Club coordinator
Visit the British Antarctic Oral History Project website to view the list of interviews and listen to snippets.
There is a website that may be of great interests to Fids, run by Paul West, who was a marine biologist at Signy from 1985-87. The website is Cool Antarctica.
The site contains a Fids section to which you are invited to register, and you can choose to provide an e-mail address to correspond with other registered Fids.
Visit the Cool Antarctica website
There is now a website dedicated to Halley ex-Fids which aims to compile an unofficial history of Halley Bay, Antarctica, from the viewpoint of the people who lived there and also put and keep former Halley Bay residents in touch with each other through the Internet as well as sharing information and news.
Visit the Halley FIDS website
The James Caird Society was established in 1994 and is dedicated to preserving the memory and honour of Sir Ernest H Shackleton KCVO (1874–1922). It is the based at Dulwich College, London — the explorer’s old school.
The Society is a registered charity and its President is the Hon Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of Ernest Shackleton.
The (restored) famous lifeboat ‘James Caird’ is on permanent display in the North Aisle of the College and in May and November each year a dinner-lecture is held where members gather around the ‘Caird’.
A regular Newsletter is circulated and every 18 months the JCS ‘Journal’ (a quality and highly regarded academic publication) is produced. See www.jamescairdsociety.com (follow the link to Publications).
The Society is thriving (there are in excess of 550 members worldwide) and attracts the attention of polar professionals and enthusiasts alike.
The Committee welcomes new members — please see the James Caird Society website for more information.
Scott Polar Research Institute
The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) is a well-known and long-established centre for research into both polar regions. It is part of the University of Cambridge.
Visit the Scott Polar Research Institute website
South Georgia Association
The South Georgia Association was formed to give a voice to those who care about South Georgia. South Georgia has an interesting heritage, is environmentally vulnerable, very precious, and very worth defending and preserving.
Visit the South Georgia Association website
United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust
The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to promote and encourage the public’s interest in their Antarctic heritage. The Trust’s Patron is HRH The Princess Royal and its Vice Patrons are Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Dr Dafila Scott, and Dr Charles Swithinbank. The Trust is managed by Trustees drawn from the ranks of those with Antarctic expertise and/or are enthusiasts for the region.