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The Archives Service preserves and provides access to records created by British Antarctic Survey and its predecessors, Operation Tabarin (1943–45) and the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, (FIDS, 1945–61).

The records held relate both to scientific activities and administrative and logistical operations in the Antarctic and Arctic. Together they provide a unique source of scientific polar data and information about organising and undertaking world-class research in a remote and hostile environment.

The Archives Service was first established by BAS in 1979 and since 1988 its holdings have been housed in purpose-built accommodation at the BAS Cambridge site. The Archives have ‘place of deposit’ status assigned by The National Archives, requiring the service to meet Government standards for storage and access.

Members of the public are welcome to visit the Archives by appointment. The office is accessible to wheelchair users.

Some photographs from the archives image collection can be viewed and purchased online using the BAS Image Database .

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday: 09.30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00, by appointment only.

Contacting us:

You can contact us using the details on the Contact Us page. Please address post to ‘The Archives Service’.

Emailed enquiries can also be made to .


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