Worcester graphic design lecturer brings Antarctic history to life

A little-known, top secret World War II military operation in Antarctica is set to be brought to life with the help of a University of Worcester lecturer next year.

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design and Multimedia, Andy Stevenson, has researched, planned and developed a series of bespoke historical maps to illustrate a new book by polar historian Stephen Haddelsey.

The book charts Operation Tabarin (1944-46), an expedition designed to deny Antarctic harbours to German U-boats and surface raiders as well as reinforcing British claims to uninhabited areas of Antarctica.

Mr Haddelsey’s book – which has already been described as ‘truly remarkable’ by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes – will be the first full account of this operation and will complement the author’s three previous works on the history and exploration of the Antarctic continent.

“It is a very exciting project to be involved in,” Andy Stevenson explains. “This operation has never been mapped in this fashion or in this degree of detail. We’ve used modern satellite technology and unique projections too so the maps will set new precedents in helping readers to visualise the course of the operation.”

Stephen Haddelsey said: “Accuracy in the mapping of historical events is obviously crucial. But in addition to accuracy, Andy brings a remarkable degree of creativity to the maps, making them fresh and dynamic even for those readers who are very familiar with the history of the Antarctic continent.”

Operation Tabarin: Britain’s Secret Wartime Expedition to Antarctica, 1944-46 will be published by The History Press in April 2014 with a foreword by HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, patron of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust.