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Antarctic Conservation Blog

  • Open Water

    by Susan Bassett on 14 April 2014

    One of the highlights (so far) of this winter on the ice has been, without doubt, the opportunity to observe the effects of having open water in front of Scott Base.

  • Has anyone found my other sock?

    by Megan Absolon on 11 April 2014

    Oh the frustration of losing things. It's a bit late for the owner now but it's nice to have found his second sock.

  • The challenge of conserving paper in the Antarctic

    by Aline Leclercq on 4 April 2014

    A paper conservator back in Spain, I arrived in the Antarctic knowing that the artefacts I would be working on for the Antarctic Heritage Trust would be very different to the European manuscripts I am used to.

  • <p>Stefanie conserving the area under the bed platform in the sleeping area in the hut. Credit: Meg Absolon.</p>

    Living the life of troglodytes.

    by Stefanie White on 28 March 2014

    In Discovery Hut there is a bed or sleeping platform that is composed of a section of tonge and groove originally from the ceiling of the hut itself and positioned on supply boxes beside the stove area.

  • A Date with Google

    by Susan Bassett on 21 March 2014

    The world has changed exponentially since I began my professional life as an archaeologist.

  • <p><strong>Special dog biscuit box</strong></p>

    Dog biscuits

    by Megan Absolon on 7 March 2014

    I’ve been very fortunate since arriving on the Ice to be working in the on-site conservation laboratory at Hut Point ...

About the Blog

The Antarctic Heritage Trust has a team of conservation experts working year-round in Antarctica at New Zealand’s Scott Base. They are conserving objects from Captain Scott’s 1911 expedition base at Cape Evans. He and his men left behind more than 10,000 items of clothing, equipment and food. 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.


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