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The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.
David Statham was one of three men and
several dogs whose fate was never learned.
Photo: courtesy Robin Sherman
The British Antarctic Survey Monument Trust
by Roderick Rhys Jones
The British Antarctic Monument Trust has been set up to celebrate the achievements of the men and women whose scientific exploration in the British Antarctic Territory has led to a new understanding of our planet, and in particular to honour those who did not return. Thirty men and one woman have died in the pursuit of this scientific knowledge.
We are anxious to raise awareness of the Trust and to increase the size of the fund through donations. The Trust is seeking to:
The Antarctic monument has been designed by Oliver Barratt who designed the memorial for those lost on Everest. The Monument is in two parts, North and South. The part in the UK, to be sited outside the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, is made of British oak. It represents the mould from which the Southern part, a stainless steel needle, is cast. The two parts of a single sculpture represent the emotional connection and physical distance between the two places on the surface of the Earth. We are still progressing with the planning stage of the other part of the sculpture in the Falkland Islands, gateway to Antarctica, which we hope to bring to a conclusion as quickly as possible.
Through the generosity of the Government of the British Antarctic Territories, the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, the families and friends of the victims and many other supporters, we have covered the costs of the memorial in St Paul’s and the monumental sculpture at Scott Polar. However we still need to raise £50,000 ($80,000) to cover the costs of the Southern part of the monument in the Falklands. We appeal to all Fids and others to support us. If you feel you can help, we would be most glad to receive your donation. Please contact Chairman Roderick Rhys Jones. Or write to him at: The British Antarctic Monument Trust, 27 Sullivan Road, Lambeth, North London SE11 4UH, or telephone +44 207 840 0480, or visit our Charity Choice page. You may also make a donation by visiting the Trust website.
There will be a dedication of the Antarctic Memorial in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral, London as part of evensong on 10 May 2011, 5:00pm. The monumental sculpture to be placed outside Scott Polar Research Institute will be dedicated on 12 May 2011, 3:00pm. Please let us know if you would like to come to either or both of these events.
The stories of all the Antarctic deaths of British explorers and scientists are recounted on our web site. Many of them occurred whilst sledging with dogs. The histories draw heavily on the book Of Ice and Men by renowned British Antarctic explorer Sir Vivien Fuchs, but include memories from the colleagues who were there at the time. You can read of the tragic story of the deaths of Stanley Black, Dave Statham and Geoff Stride who were, in total darkness, driving two dog teams across sea ice near Horseshoe Island May 1958 of an Antarctic winter to carry out research at an Emperor penguin rookery when they were lost in a terrible storm. Although some of the dogs survived and returned to base still wearing their harnesses cut from the traces, the men’s fate was never learned.