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British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Monument
Final Report: July 4, 2009
Hwfa Jones & Graham Wright
After an extraordinary short time of less than three years from proposal to completion, the funds were raised worldwide to establish a monument honoring the British Antarctic Sledge Dogs.
With little fuss, and no press releases, our own bronze monument, sculpted by David Cemmick, was unveiled at the entrance door to the British Antarctic Survey Building in Cambridge, England on July 4, 2009. There were about 150 FIDS and friends present.
The dedication plaque, its image designed by Denise Koch, lists all the dog teams that traveled in British Antarctic Territory, making possible almost all the overland journeys of discovery in the twentieth century.
The monument represents a thousand personal stories, most of which will never be told in any official document. Those who traveled with dogs in the Antarctic who visit the monument may pause quietly and just a little longer than most to remember. And in a certain light, the dog’s eyes may glisten too.
Husky image designed by Denise Koch Jones
With the sculpture and plaque in place, the project is now essentially complete. A certain amount of winding up will now take place. Final accounts will be completed over the next few months and presented to the British Antarctic Survey Club. A limited edition model of the sculpture has been made available and details can be seen on their website.
This table-top size piece is a limited edition of 150.
Each comes with a presentation box and certificate.
Price is £395 plus £15 for postage to USA and Canada.
Cemmick & Wylder
Copies of The Doggy Men, the book written to 'kickstart' the fund, are still available as are prints of Mike Skidmore’s beautiful painting of a team sledging on sea ice. Contact Graham Wright for details.