Antarctic pioneer Margaret Bradshaw honoured at International Antarctic Centre

In Antarctica a mountain was named after her.  Nearly a quarter of a century later in Christchurch, at a ceremony attended by fellow members of the international Antarctic community, the main conference room at the International Antarctic Centre (IAC) was named in her honour.  And 77-year-old geologist and researcher Margaret Bradshaw says she’s delighted.

“People are curious to know which means more, having Bradshaw Peak named for me or this newly renovated conference room here at the International Antarctic Centre. And do you know, there is something a little exciting about knowing there is a space here in Christchurch that I can visit any time I like, and to know that it will be enjoyed by many others as they begin to discover the possibilities that Antarctica presents, for themselves” said Bradshaw. 

She added “The International Antarctic Centre is like a home away from home for me, and it really is a gift to the people of Christchurch, and to the World. Antarctica is a wonderous and critically important place, and if I can help in some small way to inspire others whom visit the centre to go on to make their own tracks in the ice for the sake of the continent, then what better legacy can I leave?”

Thirty of Margaret’s family, friends and distinguished colleagues attended the event, including members representing Antarctic Programmes from around the World.

In his speech, IAC General Manager Todd Schmidt acknowledged Bradshaw’s pioneering spirit and achievements in the field of Antarctic science and said the dedicating of the room to Margaret was an obvious decision. “We take our role as ambassadors for Antarctica very seriously and through our Antarctic Academy we encourage and support thousands of young women who will only be inspired further by understanding the significance of all Margaret has achieved.”

Margaret Bradshaw was the first woman to lead a deep ice field party, the first New Zealand woman to win the Queen’s Polar medal and was recently presented with a Civic Award by the City of Christchurch in recognition of her significant contribution to Christchurch, Antarctica and the Antarctic community.  

Margaret Bradshaw also received a lifetime membership to the International Antarctic Centre.
Conferences and Events at the International Antarctic Centre

Conferences and Meetings:
Conveniently located close-by Christchurch Airport, the International Antarctic Centre is an ideal option for larger conferences, smaller meetings as well as team building activities.

The Margaret Bradshaw Room has capacity for 50 people and offers views out to the airport’s runway and Southern Alps beyond.

The Sir Ed Hillary Room has capacity for 25 people, with views over the Centre’s atrium.

With free parking, meeting tools, and an on-site café providing excellent catering, plus the added option of team-building activities (where else can you breakfast with penguins, ride in a Hagglund, cuddle with huskies and experience an Antarctic storm?!) the IAC boasts a comprehensive C&I offering. Book your next conference with the IAC 

For events requiring less of the functional meeting room and more of the “that was the coolest function we’ve been to” style, enquire about booking the Atrium. This space has hosted seated dinners (with a capacity of 130 seated diners) to cocktail events (capacity 250 guests), as well as balls and product launches. Optional add-ons can include full or partial access to a wide range of experiences and such as the Hagglund Field trip, Storm Dome experience (with optional ice bar!), 4D Theatre, Huskies and Penguin Welfare Centre. Enquire about evening events with the IAC.

Theatre hireage:
For a fully-immersive experience, the 4D Theatre is available to hire, seating up to 48 guests at one time. The HD Theatre also provides a great option for presentations, lectures and other gatherings, with capacity of 145 people. Enquire about theatre space at the IAC.
Antarctic pioneer Margaret Bradshaw honoured at International Antarctic Centre