The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition 2015 to South Georgia Island left on 16 October 2015. TV3’s Isobel Ewing interviewed inspiring explorer Tom MacTavish in his home town of Moeraki, New Zealand, and looked back at what Shackleton, Crean and Worsley accomplished 100 years ago, crossing South Georgia Island to rescue the men of the Endurance.
On 13 October 2015 a function was held at the British High Commission in Wellington, New Zealand to farewell the Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition 2015 to South Georgia. Hosted by the British High Commissioner and Consulate General of Ireland, TVNZ was there to capture the story.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust has partnered with the Australian National Maritime Museum to bring the Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton immersive exhibition to Sydney from 2 April – 1 September 2015. The exhibition complements the Museum’s own Shackleton: Escape from Antarctica exhibition.
A Ferguson tractor, used by Sir Edmund Hillary’s party at the newly-constructed Scott Base during the British Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955 – 58, has been secured for public ownership through a public private partnership between Canterbury Museum, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and the Commodore Hotel Christchurch.
New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key launched the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Conservation Plan for Hillary’s 1957 Hut, the foundation of New Zealand’s Scott Base, in front of more than 125 Antarcticans at Parliament.
The world’s most extreme conservation project has saved three historic buildings and thousands of artefacts once used by Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton.
The Trust’s conservation specialists found a notebook left behind a century ago at Captain Scott’s 1911 expedition base. George Murray Levick’s notebook contains his pencil notes detailing photographs he took while at Cape Adare in 1911.
More information and images can be found on our page: Levick’s notebook.
The Trust has partnered with Auckland Museum and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, to create a new Antarctic exhibition based around Jane Ussher’s evocative series of STILL LIFE images.
The Trust is co-presenting with Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Dr Huw Lewis-Jones’ lecture on: The Crossing of Antarctica: Original Photographs from the Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-1958.
The Trust presents the acclaimed Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer, by Irish playwright and actor Aidan Dooley.
The Press reporter Deidre Mussen writes about the importance of the Ross Sea Party photographs, thought to have been taken by expedition photographer, Arnold Spencer-Smith.
Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint presenter, Mary Wilson, speaks to Executive Director Nigel Watson about the Ross Sea photographs, found almost 100 years on by our conservators.
TV3's Hamish Clark talks to Executive Director Nigel Watson about the importance of the Ross Sea Party photographs.
Lorelei Mason from TVNZ interviews our Executive Director, Nigel Watson on the photographic negative find. He talks about the Ross Sea Party photographs in the context of the wider Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project to conserve the historic bases.
Photographic negatives left a century ago in Captain Scott’s last expedition base at Cape Evans by Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party have been discovered and painstakingly conserved by the Antarctic Heritage Trust
TV3 reporter Hamish Clark is in Antarctica. He talked to Al and Lizzie about the work we are doing to conserve Scott's Discovery Hut, a project that will take two years to complete. Watch this story now.
Writer Finlay Macdonald and photographer Patrick Reynolds travelled to Antarctica over summer. They visited our conservation team working at Scott’s hut, Cape Evans and talked to the team about why it is important to conserve the explorers’ expedition bases. Read their Ice Houses article in the June edition of Home NZ magazine.
Shackleton’s whisky update:
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has returned 3 bottles of more than 100-year old whisky to the Antarctic Heritage Trust in Antarctica. He is pictured handing over the whisky
to Antarctic Heritage Trust Trustee Rob Fenwick.
Scott’s Last Expedition
, the museum exhibition, opened at Canterbury Museum, New Zealand on 23 November 2012. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Antarctic Heritage Trust, Canterbury Museum and Natural History Museum, London.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is excited to be partnering with Google’s World Wonders Project to keep alive the inspiring stories of the historic explorers and to showcase the Trust’s conservation work at these iconic sites.
Smithsonian magazine relives Shackleton’s epic endurance expedition and profiles Jane Ussher’s stunning photographic work published in Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton.
Antarctic Sun editor Peter Rejcek interviews the Trust’s Programme Manager about the complexities involved in preserving the past, conserving the heroic era bases in the Ross Sea Region.
Read about the grandson of British polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott in Antarctica to mark the centenary of his grandfather and four team members reaching the South Pole 100 years ago on 17 January 1912.
Listen to Radio New Zealand's Summer Report marking the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott's trip to the South Pole.
Listen to Radio New Zealand's Summer Nights interview ahead of the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaching the South Pole, his grandson has returned to Captain Scott's Terra Nova hut to work on its conservation.
Read the Trust’s statement on the support it will receive from Norway for the Cape Adare conservation project.
Read New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s statement about the Norwegian Government’s decision to work with the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust on the Cape Adare conservation project.
Read about Captain Scott’s grandson, Falcon Scott, joining the conservation team at Cape Evans this season.
Read about Scott's Last Expedition, an international touring museum exhibition due to open at the Natural History Museum, London on 20 January 2012.
Read how Whyte & Mackay has successfullly recreated the century-old whisky buried under Sir Ernest Shackleton's base at Cape Royds, Antarctica.
Read BBC News Scotland's article about the whisky returning to Scotland for scientific analysis.
Read about our international partnership to tour Scott's Last Expedition, an expedition about Captain R F Scott's race to the South Pole.
Read National Geographic's online article about Captain Scott's base at Cape Evans.
Listen to David Attenborough speak about Captain Scott's base on BBC's Radio 4.
Read the call for support to save Captain Scott's base at Cape Evans. The Independent.
Read about the 100 year old butter recently found at Captain Scott's base at Cape Evans. Times Online.
Watch a newsclip about the butter find on New Zealand's TV One News.
See photos and hear Emily Stone speak about the whiskey crates found at Sir Ernest Shackleton's base at Cape Royds. PBS Newshour (USA).
Read the GlobalPost article about the century old whiskey found at Sir Ernest Shackleton's expedition base at Cape Royds.
Read articles about the Scott Polar Research Institute's plans to publish extracts from Captain Scott's last diaries on a daily internet blog (also available via Twitter).