Events: What's On

You don't need to go all the way to the Antarctica to get a taste of what life is and was like on the frozen continent.  Part of our work in bringing Antarctic heritage to life is either running exclusive events for our members, providing access to other interesting events or simply keeping you up to date on the most exciting Antarctic events taking place.  Discover here the latest polar-themed events taking place around the UK and if you don't see something that takes your fancy this time around, bookmark the page and come back again!

Twilight at the Museums
SPRI, Cambridge - Wednesday 19 February 2020

FREE EVENT!

Join SPRI in the Twilight as they bring alive historic pioneers of Antarctic discovery!

Meet Frank Debenham, the founder of the Scott Polar Research Institute, or Lois Jones, who led the first all-woman science team to Antarctica. Not to mention Captain Robert Falcon Scott himself and even some modern polar explorers!

This is part of SPRI's centenary programme of events to celebrate 100 years of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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Antarctic Sovereignty; from Captain Cook to Operation Tabarin, Dr Robert Headland
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection, Thursday 27 February 2020

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so Gilbert White and The Oates Collection have developed a series of talks on the history of Antarctica.

Robert Headland has worked in both polar regions from 1977 as a biologist with the British Antarctic Survey. Subsequently he joined the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge as archivist and curator. He is now a senior associate of the Institute. His published works include books and numerous articles on the history, geography, and diplomacy of Antarctica.

Claims of sovereign territory in Antarctic regions began with the circumnavigation of Captain Cook but became formalised from 1908 when the earliest of the territorial claims were formally defined as a result of the fast growing exploitation of the Southern Ocean resources. The resources, as well as resulting territorial complications, became acutely significant during the Second World War. The result was a secret Royal Naval project: Operation Tabarin.

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Monitoring the heartbeat of the ocean – The work of the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, Marianne Wootton
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection, Thursday 19 March 2020

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so Gilbert White and The Oates Collection have developed a series of talks on the history of Antarctica.

Marianne is Senior Analyst at the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey, based in Plymouth, and Training Coordinator for the Global Alliance of CPR Surveys. The CPR Survey is the longest running, and most geographically expansive marine biological survey in the world. Marianne is co-author of a plankton guide to the North Atlantic.

Plankton play a key role in the oceanic food web, and may be a key indicator of changes in the ecosystem. Since 1957, the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) has been towed over 6.5 million nautical miles in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas. The primary purpose of the CPR has been to record pelagic plankton, which it is has been doing so since 1931. Studies indicate a significant increase in microplastics from 1960–70 to 1980–1990.

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From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Terra Nova expedition members in World War I, Anne Strathie
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection, Thursday 16 April 2020

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so Gilbert White and The Oates Collection have developed a series of talks on the history of Antarctica.

Anne Strathie is the author of Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel and From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Scott’s ‘Antarctics’ in the First World War. Since Anne became a full-time writer her research and speaking engagements have taken her all over Britain and far beyond, including to Antarctica.

Anne Strathie will talk about ‘what happened next’ to Oates’ expedition companions and how his death inspired men on the Western Front. When Lawrence Oates joined Scott’s expedition in 1910, he was the only army officer and one of few expedition members who had seen armed conflict. By 1919 almost all Oates Terra Nova companions had seen action and several had died.

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Envisioning Arctic Futures: Digital and Otherwise, Olga Ulturgasheva and Barbara Bodenhorn
SPRI, Lecture Theatre, Tuesday 12 May 2020

Head to SPRI on the 12th of May to listen to Olga Ulturgasheva and Barbara Bodenhorn discuss 'Envisioning Arctic Futures: Digital and Otherwise', that forms part of SPRI's research seminars for Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics.

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Who owns and who governs Antarctica? 60 years of the Antarctic Treaty, Dr John Dudeney OBE
Gilbert White & The Oates Collection, Thursday 21 May 2020

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so Gilbert White and The Oates Collection have developed a series of talks on the history of Antarctica.

John Dudeney joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in 1966 as young scientist. He studied the upper layers of the Earth’s atmosphere (the ionosphere), and worked for BAS in a variety of roles including Head of a science division and – until retirement in early 2006 – as Deputy Director. He was a member of the UK delegation to the Antarctic Treaty from 1999 to 2005. He received the Polar Medal in 1976 and in 2004 was awarded the OBE for services to science.

The Antarctic Treaty was forged at the height of the cold war to call a territorial truce to competing land claims in Antarctica, though numerous complicated issues remain active today. He will explain how the Antarctic is governed now, how the Antarctic Treaty works and how its deliberations are carried forward in practice. Numerous hot issues now confront the diplomats, managers and scientists as they seek to manage and protect the Antarctic, and he will look at the issues challenging the Treaty in the future.

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