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Melanie Challenger: BAS Artist in Residence 2007-08

Melanie Challenger: International Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey for International Polar Year 2007-8
Melanie Challenger: International Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey for International Polar Year 2007-8
Melanie’s journey in Antarctica

Melanie Challenger travelled to Antarctica for International Polar 2007–8 as Artist in Residence for BAS. She worked alongside the scientists in the regions of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Antarctica, and spent two months on board RSS James Clark Ross.

She visited Grytviken whaling station, which she researched and photographed for her book, “On Extinction”.

The Route

  • 24 October 2007 — Departed Stanley, Falkland Islands on RRS James Clark Ross (during the ship voyage visited Bird Island, King Edward Point on South Georgia, and also Signy Island)
  • 22 November — Returned Stanley
  • 24 November — Departed Stanley on RRS James Clark Ross for Rothera (during the voyage we visited Damoy and Vernadsky)
  • 8 December — Arrived Rothera
  • 21 December — Departed Rothera (Dash 7 aircraft) to Falkland Islands
  • 21-20 January — Falkland Islands

Melanie Challenger is the author of ‘Galatea’, her first collection of poems, and co-author, with Zlata Filipovic, of ‘Stolen Voices’, an epistolary history of twentieth century conflict. She was International Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey for International Polar Year 2007–8. She studied English literature and language at Oxford University, and lives in the Scottish Highlands.