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British Polar Explorer Felicity Aston Unveils School Painting

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Last week, Sixth Form pupils received a visit from British polar explorer and former climate scientist, Felicity Aston MBE as part of their Horizon lecture series.

In 2012 Felicity became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica. It was a journey of 1744km that took 59 days to complete and which gave her a place in the book of Guinness World Records.

Felicity’s lecture, titled ‘Alone in Antarctica’, gave an account of her journey and the challenges she faced.

She spoke to pupils about living and working in the British Antarctic Survey, based in Rothera, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where she spent two and a half years monitoring climate and ozone.

In a separate Q&A session, she also discussed the geopolitical issues surrounding Antarctica, a contested place, and answered questions from pupils on the future of the Antarctic treaty.

Between lectures, Felicity unveiled a new painting in the Geography Department, presented to the school by Mrs Bridget Baker, the wife of the late Mr Baker, a former Head of Geography at King’s, who led many challenging and adventurous expeditions between 1971 and 1994.

The painting commemorates the arrival of the legendary Transglobe expedition at Antarctica, in January 1980, during the first circumnavigation of the Earth on its polar axis.

Since her expedition, Felicity has organised and led numerous missions to remote regions of the world and to this day continues to specialise in new and exciting ways to communicate her epic story.

She was an inspiration to both pupils and teachers alike and we hope to welcome her back again in the near future.

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