The penguin post office at Port Lockroy, on a football pitch-sized island on the Antarctic peninsula, was opened in 1944. It began with a secret mission to establish the first permanent British base on the continent. This outpost was known as Base A and the basic wooden hut as Bransfield House. Scientists stationed there laid the foundations for the vitally important science that happens in Antarctica today. In 1996, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust opened the site as a post office and museum.
For eight decades this special building has endured winter after winter, but with reducing sea ice we are seeing heavier snow fall, and we need your help to fix and stabilise the roof above one of the most important rooms of the site, the historic bunkhouse. You can help to support the conservation efforts by sending your very own Postcard from Antarctica this year.
As part of the 80th birthday of the base and 30th anniversary of the charity, you can send a limited edition postcard to yourself or a loved one and support the roof repair at the same time. Simply complete the form below, make your donation of £20 and our Antarctic team will do the rest.
We need to raise over £50,000 to enable the conservation efforts this year. You can play a part in Antarctica by sending your postcard, making a donation or sharing this story with your friends. Thank you.
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