The historic heart of Stanley

John Dudeney

The Historic Dockyard Museum was pleased to host 2 talks by John Dudeney recently whilst he was in the Islands on his way to join an expedition ship as a lecturer.

John worked for 40 years for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He started first as an ionospheric physicist at Faraday (now Vernadsky Base) on the Antarctic Peninsula and continued at BAS in a variety of roles finally retiring from BAS as its Deputy Director in 2006. He was awarded the Polar Medal in 1976, a clasp to the Polar Medal in 1995 and an OBE in 2004 for services to science.

Since leaving BAS John has researched and published articles on the political history of Antarctica.

John’s talks at the Museum were on Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition – a new perspective; and Operation Tabarin – myth and reality and were given to a “packed house” of listeners in the “82” room which was being used for the first time for talks as it provided more seating space.

John is currently co-writing a book, with Isobel Williams, on William Speirs Bruce a forgotten polar hero, who was a Scottish Nationalist and Naturalist who led the Scottish Antarctic Expedition (1902 – 1904)