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The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is a National Research Foundation-funded project that forms part of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP).  ALSA aims to collect and archive electronically photographs and other items of interest relating to the history of South Africa’s involvement “down South” from the heroic age of Antarctic exploration (and before) right up to the present day.  It concentrates on past and present activities at South Africa’s three southern bases on Gough and Marion Islands and at SANAE IV at Vesleskarvet in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica, as well as aboard SANAP’s Antarctic research and supply ship, the r.v. S.A. Agulhas II and in the Southern Ocean south of the African Continent.

The ALSA website will regularly publish news articles of interest on South Africa’s Antarctic legacy and will serve as an entry via a data portal to the ALSA archive of over 4000 photographs and documents, including oral interviews and their transcripts.  In the future it is planned to make available edited diaries of team members and popular and scientific literature not currently available online, as well as selected texts translated from other languages – with a start already made with Afrikaans and Norwegian.

For more information, visit the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa website.

  • The Antarctic Legacy of South Africa (ALSA) is a National Research Foundation-funded project that forms part of the South African National Antarctic Programme (SANAP).  ALSA
  • From 2013 onwards, workshops were organised jointly with the Social Sciences group. More information on the joint conferences can be found in the Events section
  • 8th Meeting of SCAR History Expert Group, Portland (USA), 2012 The History EG organised two sessions at the XXXII SCAR Open Science Conference, held in
  • 7th Meeting of SCAR History Expert Group, Stellenbosch (South Africa), 2011 The History Action Group organised a workshop on 'Antarctic History: probing the unknown' at
  • 6th Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2010 The History Action Group organised a session on "History of Antarctica and scientific research"
  • 5th Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Washington D.C. (USA), 2009 At the end of the Antarctic Treaty Summit (ATS50) a history workshop on the
  • 4th Meeting of the SCAR History Action Group, St. Petersburg (Russia), 2008 The History Action Group organised a session on „Polar History and Institutionalization of
  • 3rd Meeting of the SCAR History Action Group, Columbus (Ohio, USA), 2007 The History Expert Group organised a workshop on “"National and Transnational Agendas in
  • 2nd Meeting of SCAR History Action Group, Santiago (Chile), 2006 The History Expert Group organised the 2nd workshop on “Multidimensional Exploration of Antarctica around the
  • 1st Meeting of the History Action Group, Munich (Germany), 2005 The 1st SCAR Workshop History Expert Group on “The first workshop of the “Steps of