British Antarctic Survey at Bluedot Festival

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British Antarctic Survey is delighted to be exhibiting at this year’s Bluedot Festival from 21-24 July 2022.

Bluedot is four days of music, science and cosmic culture set in the shadow of the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.


Polar science and engineering comes to life in the Mission Control marquee. You’ll get a chance to see a model of our new polar ship RRS Sir David Attenborough alongside an underwater Slocum glider, which is used by oceanographers to collect data from the ocean and under the edge of glaciers. For the first time, BAS is bringing an ancient ice core collected from Antarctica. This will allow visitors to see and listen to ancient air from thousands of years ago escaping from the ice. These cores provide the gold standard for scientists to understand past climate change.

A man water skiing behind a boat.
A Slocum glider will be on display for visitors to see. Photo credit: Ryan Scott.

Visitors can also learn what Antarctica looks like if you lift off the ice, and you can pretend to sleep under canvas in our field camp complete with pyramid tent, sheepskin rug, sleeping bag and primus stove with some of the food researchers in the ‘deep field’ eat when on fieldwork. We’ll also be talking about the Southern Ocean food chain, explaining how we’re reducing our stations carbon footprint and presenting innovative projects such as our Climate Code shirt, made in collaboration with DressCode Shirts. You’ll meet a pilot, glaciologist, oceanographer, biologist, engineer and many more from our friendly and approachable team!

Marine biologist Dr Huw Griffiths will give an online talk and there’ll even be a live link up to the all-women wintering team at Bird Island Research Station and our ship on the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Details to follow.

A person inspecting a model of Antarctica
Visitors will be able to see what the land beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheets looks like.
A close up of a flower.
For the first time festival-goers will be able to see an ice core, extracted from Antarctica, containing ancient air from thousands of years ago.

You can find out more about the Bluedot Festival here