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Our Conservation Team

The Trust's Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project (RSHRP) runs year round in Antarctica and is managed by our Antarctic Programme Managers.  The conservation of the buildings is undertaken during the short Antarctic summer months while conservation of the artefact collections occur year round. The work is undertaken by a mix of staff and contractors.

Programme Managers.  Al Fastier is the Trust’s Antarctic Programme Manager and has overall responsibility for managing the delivery of the project.  Al has a wealth of Antarctic experience and extensive project management experience in remote location projects.  He holds a degree in parks management. Lizzie Meek is the Trust's Programme Manager - Artefacts and is responsible for managing the conservation and ongoing care of the 15,000+ artefact collection. Lizzie is a professional conservator who has worked for national museums and libraries and has extensive Antarctic experience.

Conservators work year round in Antarctica conserving the artefact collections and generally swap out on a six monthly basis (click here for more information).  They are joined by conservation carpenters during the Antarctic summer.

Project Consultants

Julian Bickersteth,  International Conservation Services ICS has a long involvement with our work and provides technical advice on the conservation of the artefact collection.

Gordon Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence . Gordon has been involved with the project since 2004 as the lead heritage conservation carpenter and has over twenty years experience of working with historic timber buildings and specialises in traditional timber-frame carpentry.

Pip Cheshire, Cheshire Architects. As one of NZ's leading architect's Pip has been involved with the project from the beginning and is currently involved in the capacity of project architect for the conservation of Captain Scott's base, Cape Evans.

Chris Cochran, conservation architect. Chris has a long involvement with the project, contributing to the Trust's Historic Huts Conservation Plans.  He has been involved in heritage conservation in Antarctica since 1963.

Arrow International  project managed the project until 2005.

Find out how to work as a conservator in Antarctica




“Men wanted for Hazardous Journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.  Honour and recognition in case of success.”

Advertisement placed in newspapers by Sir Ernest Shackleton calling for recruits to the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17.