Tuesday, 13 May 2014
A Graphic Design expert from the University of Worcester will attend a House of Commons reception next month, to mark the 70th anniversary of a military operation which he has helped bring to life in a new book.
Andy Stevenson, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design & Multimedia, researched, planned and developed a series of bespoke historical maps to help chart 'Operation Tabarin', a top secret British World War II operation which blocked German advances towards Antarctic harbours and reinforced British claims to uninhabited areas of Antarctica.
Andy has also undertaken previous mapping projects for a range of publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Penguin-Viking and the History Press. His latest maps appear in ‘Operation Tabarin: Britain’s Secret Wartime Expedition to Antarctica, 1944-46’, by acclaimed polar historian Stephen Haddelsey. The book is the first full account of the operation, and complements the author’s three previous works on the history and exploration of the Antarctic continent.
Now, both men have been invited to a United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust reception at the Houses of Parliament on June 16. The organisation, whose Patron is HRH The Princess Royal, works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to raise awareness of the historical ties between Antarctica and Britain.
The Trust describes Operation Tabarin as the operation which ‘laid the foundations for one of the most important and enduring government-sponsored programmes of scientific research in the polar regions’.
Andy says: “It is a great honour to be invited to such a prestigious event. I'm really looking forward to it and to meeting some of the individuals who have been responsible for creating the British presence on that continent.
“I'm also delighted that the mapping has helped to add further detail to Stephen Haddelsey's latest book and wish both him and the book every success."
Stephen Haddelsey adds: "I’m delighted that the book is attracting a lot of interest and I very much hope that it will help to make people much more aware of the work of Operation Tabarin. Andy Stevenson’s dynamic and creative approach to the mapping will, I feel sure, help people to visualise the arena in which the men of the expedition were operating.”
Following the reception, the book will be formally launched at Waterstone’s in Trafalgar Square at 7pm on Monday 16 June. Entry is free to all.