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Our history

For 60 years the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has been responsible for most of the UK’s scientific research in Antarctica. BAS has its roots in Operation Tabarin, a secret World War Two mission with a dual scientific role. Our history is preserved by the BAS Archives Service, which manages and provides access to records created by BAS and its predecessors – the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey and Tabarin.

Operation Tabarin

A secret World War Two mission established the UK’s first research stations in Antarctica

Alysa looking through valuable field party records in the archive at BAS Cambridge

Archives Service

Preserving and providing access to records produced by the British Antarctic Survey