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Postponed:Antarctic Talks 2020

POSTPONED: It has been decided that the March & April Antarctic Talks will be postponed. This is for the safety of our speaker and our audience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The talks new dates will be confirmed shortly. We will review the status of the May talk as the situation develops.

February, March & April 2020 Antarctic Talks @ The Field Studies Centre at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

May 2020 Antarctic Talk @ The Museum

Sponsored by Discover The World 

2020 marks the 200th anniversary of the first landing on Antarctica, so our emphasis for the 2020 talks is on the history of Antarctica.

With four talks covering different aspects of the Antarctic over the months of February, March, April & May.

27th February
Dr Robert Headland
Antarctic Sovereignty; from Captain Cook to Operation Tabarin

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.

19th March
Marianne Wootton
Monitoring the heartbeat of the ocean – The work of the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey

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.

16th April
Anne Strathie
From Ice Floes to Battlefields: Terra Nova expedition members in World War I

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.

21st May
Dr John Dudeney OBE
Who owns and who governs Antarctica?  60 years of the Antarctic Treaty

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.



Talks start at 6.30pm and are in the Field Studies Centre @ Gilbert White & The Oates Collections or In the Museum

Ticket for each talk: £12

Ticket for all four talks: £40



To park in the car park next to the Field Studies Centre the postcode is: GU34 3JU

When entering the village from the A31:

Enter Selborne and continue along the road past the museum. When you see the Selborne Arms take the first turn on the right immediately after the Selborne Arms. You will see a car park on your right, go to the back of this section into the rear section of car park labelled overflow. Straight on to the back of this is The Barn signposted Field Studies Centre.

When entering the village from Petersfield direction:

Enter Selborne and continue along the road. When you see the Selborne Arms take the turn immediately before the pub on the left. You will see a car park on your right, go to the back of this section into the rear section of car park labelled overflow. Straight on to the back of this is The Barn signposted Field Studies Centre.


21st May Ticket£12.00Please note this talk is in THE HOUSE
16th April Ticket£12.0016th April Ticket
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