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Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project: Conservation Status


Scott's Hut

British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition 1910 – 1913
Cape Evans, Ross Island

In 2008 the Trust commenced a comprehensive seven-year conservation programme to save the site. In 2012 the Trust completed a five-year carpentry conservation programme, weatherproofing the building and making it structurally sound.  In 2015 the Trust completed the seven-year artefact conservation programme, conserving more than 11,000 artefacts on site. A maintenance fund has been established.

Scott's Hut

National Antarctic (Discovery) Expedition 1901 – 1904
Hut Point, Ross Island

In 2015 the Trust completed a two-year programme of conservation at Discovery Hut to weatherproof and repair the building. More than 500 artefacts were conserved over the 2014 winter by artefact conservators working at New Zealand’s scientific research facility, Scott Base. A maintenance fund has been established.


Shackleton's Hut

British Antarctic (Nimrod) Expedition 1907 – 1909
Cape Royds, Ross Island

After two years of planning, in 2004 the Trust commenced a major four-year conservation programme to secure and weatherproof the building and conserve the 6,100+ artefacts. Work was completed in 2008 on time and to budget and an annual maintenance and monitoring plan was put in place.

Borchgrevink's Hut

British Antarctic (Southern Cross) Expedition 1898 – 1900
Cape Adare, Northern Victoria Land

The detailed planning, including the preparation of a Conservation Plan and Implementation Plan, required to save this site and its 1000+ artefact collection has been completed. The Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is helping fund the implementation works.  A four year programme of work is due to commence during the 2015 - 2016 season.

If you would like to learn more about Carsten Borchgrevink, please view the Trust’s bi-lingual website (English and Norwegian) which is dedicated to his expedition.


Hillary’s Hut

Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955 – 1958
Scott Base, Ross Island

In 2012 the Trust signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Zealand Crown agency Antarctica New Zealand to take on management responsibility including conservation and fundraising work for the site. A Conservation Plan and Implementation Plan have been developed. A work programme will commence 2016 – 2017, subject to securing funding.

For an in-depth look at the conservation work that the Trust has undertaken at the historic sites, please read the Trust’s latest Project Update

“For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a winter journey, Wilson, for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.”

Apsley Cherry-Garrard,  British Antarctic Expedition 1910 – 1913.