Conservators Tell of Life on the Ice
The Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project is a long-term staged conservation programme. The Trust has a year-long conservation presence in Antarctica. Conservators from around the world work in some of the harshest conditions on Earth preserving the heroic-era bases and the thousands of associated artefacts.
In winter the conservators work at New Zealand’s Scott Base, Antarctica, conserving artefacts while over the Antarctic summer artefact conservators and heritage carpenters work in the field in the purpose-built conservation lab and carpentry workshop. The Trust’s current artefact conservation focus is on conserving artefacts from Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s 1910 – 1913 expedition base at Cape Evans.
Since 2006 the Antarctic Heritage Trust, in partnership with Natural History Museum, London, has told the story of life on the Ice for the Trust’s conservators via a blog hosted in the NaturePlus section of the Natural History Museum website. The blog covers the work the conservators are undertaking on behalf of the Trust and records the challenges, quirks and highpoints of living and working in Antarctica.