British Antarctic Survey Club

The British Antarctic Survey Club (BAS Club) is a club for past employees of Operation Tabarin, the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), past and present members of the British Antarctic Survey, and individuals who have been closely associated with these organisations.

Membership is also be open to individuals whose work and/or interests in Antarctic matters merit it, particularly in respect of British Antarctic Territory, at the sole and absolute discretion of the BAS Club Committee.

If a person considers that they would like to join, and that they maybe eligible to join, the BAS Club they can complete a Membership Form. This can be found under the ‘drop down menu’ ABOUT submenu MEMBERSHIP

More information in regards to BAS Club membership can also be found under the page MEMBERSHIP

The British Antarctic Survey Club (BAS Club) brings together past and present persons and serves to foster and maintain, through a series of social and other activities, the close comradeship and good fellowship which was built up amongst the men and women who worked together in Antarctica.

The BAS Club holds an AGM and Reunion Dinner at a time close to the Midwinter of each year. Further events include those organised by various base-related groups such as Hope Bay Base; South Georgia; Marguerite Bay, Halley Bay at different times of the year

The BAS club encourages, and assists, as appropriate, other members’ reunions, meetings, lectures, film shows and memorial projects.

The BAS Club Members are kept in touch with Antarctic activities via the BAS Club website, via Social Media, via the BAS Club Magazine, and by arranging an Annual BAS Club Reunion.

The BAS Club maintains, through a Benevolent Fund, to assist, where possible, any BAS Club Member or dependent who is in temporary financial difficulties, or who needs temporary assistance that is not provided by government or other agencies.

The BAS club supports projects which document the Antarctic life and the work of BAS Club Members.

Brief History

A Falkland Island Dependencies Club (Fids club) appears to have been started in 1959, with Eric Salmon as its first secretary. There was no formal constitution and its main purpose seems to have been to organise reunions. There were no formal minutes of any meetings. The Falklands Islands Dependencies Survey was renamed in 1962 as the British Antarctic Survey. Thus the Fids Club became the BAS Club. By 1970 the Club was moribund and no subscriptions were collected after 1971.

BAS Club re-launch 1976

Richard Laws, as Director BAS, asked Ray Adie to hold a meeting of the BAS Club committee and decide if the Club should continue or be wound up. The meeting was held on 3 Feb 1976 and a vote to continue was passed, with Ray Adie as chairman and Jim Conroy as secretary. A formal constitution was agreed and minutes of committee and AGM meetings were kept from this date.

The elected BAS Club committee is led by a President – the first president being Sir Vivian Fuchs – the encumbent president being Barry Heywood.

Newsletters (which subsequently became the BAS Club Magazine) were also initiated and are currently circulated to all members on a twice yearly basis.

If you are more interested in general Antarctic matters then you might find the following organisations are more relevant to you;

British Antarctic Survey

Friends of SPRI

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

British Antarctic Monument Trust

Royal Geographical Society

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First President Sir VIVIAN FUCHS (Sculpture by Kathleen Purburry 1975 Photo from BAS Archives)

 

 

Present President BARRY HEYWOOD

 

Latest Club News

RRS Sir David Attenborough handed over

On Antarctica Day, 1st December 2020, the Director of BAS, Dame Professor Jane Francis made the following statement: “There was a landmark event last Friday [27 November 2020] – the RRS Sir David Attenborough was formally handed over to NERC and BAS for operation. This ‘interim acceptance’ allows for snags and issued to be identified…

BAS Club Reunion and AGM 2021

BAS Club AGM 2021 Business Notice The 2021 event will be held on 18th-20th June at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe, Lancashire, in the beautiful Ribble Valley. Waddow Hall is a 17th century manor house within its own 178-acre estate on the river Ribble, owned by the Girlguiding Association, which we have hired the venue for…

New BAS Club Badges available

The badges are embroidered and 90mm in diameter They are £4 each or two for £7 including UK postage. Overseas postage on request. See BAS Club online shop here.