1900 Wednesday 14 June 2017
Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
A spectacular and moving film about the work done to commemorate Britons who lost their lives in British Antarctic Territory gets its first showing at a special event introduced by Polar explorer, Felicity Aston MBE.
The British Antarctic Monument Trust created the Antarctic Memorial in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral as well as Antarctic Monuments in both Cambridge and the Falkland Islands. The film explains the project: there’s an account of the 2015 voyage of MV Ushuaia to the Falklands, South Georgia, Signy and the Antarctic Peninsula with 85 Antarctic veterans, relatives, friends and supporters aboard; Antarctic Memorial designer, Graeme Wilson, and stone letter cutter, Fergus Wessel, share their work in St Paul’s; Oliver Barratt, sculptor, describes his vision of the Antarctic Monument and why he designed it in two parts, a theme that is taken up by Professor Julian Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, and by Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of British Antarctic Survey. The film covers the dedication of the Southern monument in Stanley by the Bishop for the Falkland Islands, Nigel Stock, and follows the voyagers landing at South Georgia. Most significantly, it celebrates the spectacular landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula where those commemorated lived, worked and died.
Bar opens 1800. Question and answer session follows the film showing.
Tickets £14, available from Eventbrite www.south-2015.eventbrite.co.uk
All profits to The British Antarctic Monument Trust, Registered Charity 01123064
For further information, contact
Roderick Rhys Jones: 02078400480 07768680006
Brian Dorsett-Bailey: 01923447422 07711654876