Archive

Reference Number:
GB 3075 JSE
Title:
Records of the Joint Services Exp (Brabant Island)
Date:
c.1970-1984
Level:
Fonds
Extent:
two folders
Creator Name 1:
K W Hankinson and Joint Services Expedition
Biog/Admin History:
The Joint Services Expedition was a pioneer in respect of lightweight expeditions in Antarctica. The reports illustrate how lightweight techniques were developed and adapted and became the blueprint for running private expeditions.

Until the late 1980s the only persons to be operating in Antartica were those employed by Government Scientific Agencies who undertook very little mountaineering, purely for scientific purposes or surveying.

This documented expedition, the largest known at that time, was the only one to achieve mountaineering ascents on Antarctica until the early 1990s when Adventure Network International started to fly commercially to Patriot Hills.

The JSE expeditions, in conjunction with Robert Swann's more high profile Footsteps of Scott expedition in 1986, essentially ended the Government Scientific agency monopoly on visiting Antarctica. The political backlash at this time was quite considerable.

Brabant Island is in the Antarctic Peninsular.
Archival History:
Received as two separate deposits.
Acquisition Source:
Donated by Robin Ashcroft.
Accession Number:
2005/2 & 2005/3
Scope and Content:
Interim reports for the JSE to Brabant Island detailing scientific objectives including geology, biology, physiology, psychology, geography, botany, meteorology. In JSE/1/1 ski mountaineering is covered on page 18 whilst equipment trials are covered on pages 19-22, in JSE/2 ski mountaineering is on pages 31-32 and equipment trials on pages 33-38. Maps of Argentina and South Georgia are also included.
Arrangement:
Original order maintained.
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Language:
English
Finding Aids:
Catalogue
Related Material:
Papers of Flight Lieutenant Ted Atkins (ATK) are also held by the Mountain Heritage Trust.
ArchNote:
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist
Rules:
Access Points:
Antarctica
Joint Services Expedition to Brabant Island
Mountaineering
Mountaineering expeditions
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2775
Created:
2007-01-31 00:00:00
Creator:
M Willett