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Developing understanding

It is difficult to make a complete and detailed timeline of the major Antarctic expeditions as there have been over 300 of these since Antarctica was sighted for the first time.

Antarctic Timeline

This timeline primarily examines the British activities in Antarctica.

More details of the journeys in the timeline and some of the others can be found at


View the timeline activity above or download the text versions part 1, part 2, part 3.

  • What was the main purpose of each expedition – was it exploration, research or both?
  • Have the objectives of these visits changed over time?

More information about the development of understanding and research in Antarctica can be found at: