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Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2023 – Call for Nominations

The South Georgia Association is inviting nominations for the award of the Morag Husband Campbell medal for the sixth year.

MHC Medal
The Morag Husband Campbell Medal

The Medal has been made possible by a generous bequest from a long-standing and enthusiastic supporter of the Association, Miss Morag Husband Campbell.

It comprises a Sterling silver relief medallion, 60mm in diameter. The name of the recipient and the year will be inscribed on the reverse. It is intended to award the Medal every year or every other year depending upon nominations.

Morag Husband Campbell
Morag Husband Campbell

The Association has agreed that the Medal should be awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the understanding, appreciation and promotion of South Georgia. This would encompass

  • i) scientific studies as well as in the arts and humanities including culture, history, heritage, artistic endeavour etc.,
  • ii) adventurous travel and “exploration”, or
  • iii) activities which enhance the wider appreciation of South Georgia (e.g. in the media or through administrative functions).

Nominations (self-nominations are not permitted) should be made on an official Nomination Form available below and from the Secretary of the Association. to whom they should be sent no later than 28 February 2023 .

The award would be made in 2023 at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Given present uncertainties regarding Covid-19 in the UK the AGM may be either delayed or conducted by video streaming.

Professor David J Drewry
Chair SGA

Download the Nomination Form Here:

Morag Husband Campbell Medal Nomination Form 2023 (35 KB)

Download the Press Release (ie the content of this page) Here:

Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2023 – Press Release (623 KB)

‘SG Then and Now’ Talk is Online

The SGA Online Talk of 22 April 2022, “South Georgia Then and Now – 1982 And All That” with Bob Headland, Pat Lurcock, and Jamie Coleman can now be seen on our YouTube channel. You can see this, and our previous talks, on the SGA Video Recordings page via the Resources menu on our website.

Delivering PSI Published

The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) have published details of the programme that will implement the ‘Protect, Sustain, Inspire’ approach to managing the territory.

Spring Meeting Cancelled

We regret to announce that our proposed spring meeting on HQS Wellington on 6 May has not had sufficient interest to go ahead so, sadly, we have had to cancel. We hope to see you in person a little later on some time.

Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2022 Awarded to Tony Martin

The South Georgia Association is delighted to announce the award for the Morag Husband Campbell Medal for 2022 to Professor Tony Martin, “in recognition of his outstanding and dedicated contributions to South Georgia – in particular his pivotal role in the South Georgia Heritage Trust Habitat Restoration Programme of the Island and as a consequence promoting a wider appreciation of these islands”

Online SGA Talk – 22 April 2022 – Then and Now

The South Georgia Association is pleased to present another online talk on Friday 22 April 2022.

Who and What: Then and Now, with Bob Headland, Pat Lurcock and Jamie Coleman.

Recollections of life at King Edward Point by people who were there at the time of the invasion in 1982, when the military garrison was replaced by the applied fisheries research laboratory in 2001 and during the latest summer season 2021 to 2022. Bob Headland, Pat Lurcock and Jamie Coleman will present their memories of past and recollections of recent events illustrated by contemporary photographs.

Where: The Comfort of your own Home, via Zoom

When: 1930 on Friday 22 April 2022 (1830 GMT for overseas viewers)

Cost: Free

CANCELLED: SGA Annual Spring Meeting – 6 May 2022

We regret that we have had to cancel the spring meeting on HQS Wellington as there was not enough interest. If you have already paid, we will contact you directly to arrange a refund.

After a two-year hiatus the 2022 Spring Meeting of the South Georgia Association will be held on board HQS Wellington, on London’s Victoria Embankment, on Friday 6 May 2022 at 4.30 PM.

Whaling Talk is Online

The SGA Online Talk of 24 February 2022, Whaling on South Georgia with John Alexander, was attended by about 400 Zoom viewers. If you missed it, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. You can see this, and our previous talks, on the SGA Video Recordings page via the Resources menu on our website.

Frank Hurley's CLassic Grytviken Panorame

RGS Shackleton’s Legacy Exhibition is Open

The Royal Geographic Society in London are currently holding an exhibition – Shackleton’s legacy and the power of early Antarctic photography – that is now open until 4 May. It is free.

The South Georgia Association supported the creation of this exhibition, so do go along and see how it looks.

Online SGA Talk – 24 February 2022 – Whaling on South Georgia

The South Georgia Association is pleased to present another online talk on Thursday 24 February 2022.

Who and What: Whaling on South Georgia, with John Alexander, hosted by the SGA’s Dr Martin Collins.

A talk by a man who was there, illustrated with his own photographs 

John Alexander was an electrician with Christian Salvesen arriving at Leith Harbour in September 1954 and overwintering.  He returned in September 1956 and overwintered again.  He then spent the 1958-1959 season on Southern Harvester and the 1959-1960 season on Southern Venturer.  His last season was back in Leith Harbour, arriving in September 1960 as an Asdic electrician.  Much later he returned to South Georgia in 2009 on Skip Novak’s Pelagic Australis.

Where: The Comfort of your own Home, via Zoom

When: 1930 GMT on Thursday 24 February 2022

Cost: Free

Registration Details will be distributed to members by email nearer the time, after which they will be posted here and on our FaceBook page.

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