From Antarctica's past comes tales of adventure, ambition, scientific discovery and hope.

We preserve historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica to help current and future generations discover, understand, value and protect this precious wilderness. At Port Lockroy, Base A, we welcome visitors throughout the Austral summer to explore the Museum, visit the most southerly Post Office, observe the penguin colony and share the wonders of the white continent’s history. Along with our ambitious arts, education and events programme, we bring together people from around the world to learn about Antarctica's past, present and future.

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Port Lockroy

Base A, Antarctica

Historic Port Lockroy Britain's first permanent Antarctic Base

For more than a century Port Lockroy has been home to explorers, whalers, scientists, and sailors who have made vital contributions to Antarctic history. Britain's first permanent Antarctic base, Port Lockroy is a sheltered harbour off the coast of Wiencke Island at the meeting point of three seaways, offering some of the most dramatic mountain and glacier scenery on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is fitting then that this site, of such endeavour, has become the most popular visitor destination in Antarctica today and is the cornerstone of our efforts to conserve British Antarctic heritage.

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Antarctica In Sight

2020 is the 200th anniversary of the first recorded sighting of Antarctica. Throughout the year, we are celebrating this important milestone in Antarctica's history thorough an innovative arts, education and events programme, giving everyone the chance to be inspired by Antarctica.

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What's On

We produce a number of exciting events throughout the year at venues across the UK as well as online. Take a look at whats on and we hope to see you there.

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British heritage in Antarctica

Historic tales of human endeavour, discovery and scientific exploration make for fascinating real-life stories that inform and inspire us today. Explore the six former British bases and other historic sites that we look after on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Antarctica in sight: What's on

Antarctica In Sight Short Films

As part of our Antarctica In Sight programme marking the 200th Anniversary since the discovery of Antarctica, we’ve been speaking to people with experience of living, working and campaigning in Antarctica to find out what inspires them about Antarctica and its history. Watch our three short films now.

Proposals for Antarctica Peter Liversidge

Artist Peter Liversidge prepared 60 proposals created to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, in 2020. Proposals range from the possible to the impossible: creating a series of full size Easter Island heads from snow gathered on Port Lockroy; raising a flag on Antarctica - blank other than the single word Hello; and asking 200 schools around the UK to collaborate on a series of watercolours, using iceberg water to activate watercolour paint.

A Voyage to Antarctica Podcast series

Tune in to our new podcast series, A Voyage to Antarctica. Hosted by Alok Jha, the series explores subjects including geopolitics, climate and art with guests Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ruth Peacey, Professor Dame Jane Francis, Sara Wheeler, Professor Klaus Dodds, Marc Rees, Lucy Orta and Peter Liversidge. Six in-depth episodes focus on a fascinating part of Antarctica's history, present and future. Available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and all major platforms.

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We sell a range of exclusive items including collectables, clothing, homeware, accessories, books, maps and jewellery - with something for all ages and interests. For a special gift or to simply treat yourself, this is the place to shop for all things Antarctica. We deliver worldwide so wherever you are, it's never been easier to shop and show your support.

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