14 October, 2010 News stories

The British Museum and BBC Radio 4 today revealed the winner of ‘The History of the World in 100 objects’ — a solar-powered lamp and charger. British Antarctic Survey’s clothing made the final short list of 5 objects. The judging panel were looking for “an object that tells the story of the ingenuity and the challenges that shape humanity in the 21st century.”

Director of British Antarctic Survey, Professor Nicholas Owens says,

“I’m delighted that our polar clothing made the final shortlist. The selection of our clothing reflects its iconic status as a symbol of humanity’s desire to understand the role that the polar regions play in understanding how our Earth works, and how it might change in the future. I commend the British Museum and the BBC for this engaging series — it’s a powerful reminder of how human ingenuity affects global society.”

Dr Claire Lehman on a recreational crevasse visit during field training close to Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island just off the Antarctic Peninsula

Related links

BBC A History of World in 100 Objects

British Antarctic Survey clothing