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Archives Service & MAGIC (UK Antarctic Mapping and Geographic Information Centre)

British Antarctic Survey

Archives Collections:
The Archives Service preserves and provides access to records created by BAS 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.

The UK Antarctic Map Collection consists of over 4,000 printed maps. These include topographic, hydrographical, geological, glaciological maps, etc. produced by many nations. The UK produced maps (post 1943) are of the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia.

We also hold about 6000 manuscript maps, these comprise original survey maps and field maps annotated for different science disciplines, e.g. biology, geology, glaciology.

Survey records, aerial photographs and satellite images are also held.

Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC):

Head of Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC): Dr Adrian Fox
Tel: +44 (0)1223 221400 (switchboard)

The Mapping and Geographic Information Centre (MAGIC) provides maps and other geographic information to workers at BAS. It acquires topographic data in Antarctica, prepares new maps, maintains databases of digital maps, supplies printed maps to BAS staff and provides expertise in geographical analysis. MAGIC also maintains a library of Antarctic maps and aerial photographs.

Catalogue of Antarctic maps published by UK is accessible via web site.


High Cross, Madingley Road CAMBRIDGE CB3 0ET

Main contact

Telephone number

'+44 (0)1223 221400 (switchboard)

E-mail address
Opening hours

Archives opening hours: Monday – Friday: 09.30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00, by appointment only.




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