World Ocean Day at the National Maritime Museum

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Join marine bio-geographer Dr Susie Grant at the National Maritime Museum this Saturday 9 June to find out how British Antarctic Survey investigates the ocean around Antarctica and the species that inhabit and depend on it. Come along to the museum to ask Dr Grant about Antarctic marine biology and our new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough, currently being built at UK shipyard Cammell Laird.

Meet Dr Susie Grant in the Upper Deck from 11:00 and 15:30, (drop-in) – ask about her research and how it is uncovering the mysteries of marine biodiversity in the Southern Ocean.

Don’t miss the launch of the brand new ship interactives on the Great Map, including one of the RRS Sir David Attenborough – the new polar research vessel for Britain.

This event is FREE and family-friendly.

National Maritime Museum’s new ship interactives on the Great Map including the RRS Sir David Attenborough. Credit: National Maritime Museum.

Other activities during the event include:

  • Live music from the Metronomes Steel Orchestra
  • Meet and greet with Kwazii from Octonauts!
  • Artist and choreographer Bethan Peters’s participatory dance themed around microplastics and the human body
  • Testing your knowledge of the maritime environment with 20 question
  • Walk underneath a giant kelp forest on Great Map, commissioned by artist Alex McKenzie
  • Innovation workshops with artist Jenny Staff
  • Join artist Jo Atherton for her Museum of the Future
  • From A to V collective Plastics Workshop
  • See a time-lapse film shot from a container ship

Informally celebrated since 1992, World Ocean Day was officially recognised as a UN day in 2008. It aims to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. This year’s focus is on prevnting plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Find out more about BAS’s work studying the impact of plastics in the Polar Regions here and long-term monitorng of plastics here.

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