The South Georgia Association is delighted to announce the award for the Morag Husband Campbell Medal for 2021 to Bob Headland, “For outstanding and sustained contributions to the history and knowledge of South Georgia and to extending the wider appreciation of the island“. The medal will be presented to Bob at the next live event, but a virtual presentation was made at the online AGM on 7 May 2021.
The South Georgia Association in association with the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) are pleased to present another online talk on Thursday 20 May 2021.
Who: Marcus Brittain from the University of Cambridge will tell us about the recent SGHT Archaeology Expedition to the island to investigate the historic sealing sites. Bob Burton from the SGHT will also be there to tell us a little about what the fur seals were used for, and why they were hunted so far away.
Where: The Comfort of your own Home, via Zoom
When: 1930 BST (1830 GMT/UTC) on Thursday 20 May 2021
Birdlife International held a webinar on 11 March 2021 to highlight their work to protect the high seas. In particular, do look out for the work they are doing to protect the albatrosses that breed on South Georgia. One of the speakers is Stephanie Prince, who spent time as a biologist at both Bird Island and King Edward Point, and is now High Seas Programme Manager at Birdlife International. The South Georgia Association’s Initiative Fund has recently contributed to their work in the Far East, engaging with Japanese fishers to try and reduce seabird mortality in their fishery.
A grant has been awarded to assist this project by the use of social media to raise awareness of the impact of fisheries bycatch on South Georgian albatrosses. It aims to conduct public outreach in Japan and put pressure on government, tuna and other fisheries stakeholders to take action to reduce albatross bycatch.…
The South Georgia Association is inviting nominations for the award of the Morag Husband Campbell medal for the fourth year.
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.
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
31st December 2020. 12 February 2021.
The award would be made in 2021 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