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    Two tales of endurance

    by Kerry McCarthy on 9 December 2014

    A hundred years ago today, Ernest Shackleton was on board the Endurance as it began to pick its way through the Antarctic pack ice.

  • Passing Through

    by Stefanie White on 8 July 2014

    Passing through the conservation laboratory at Scott Base is a memorable and extraordinary experience. There is continuously a spectacular display of different objects in various stages of conservation treatment.

  • Let there be light... and heat!

    by Megan Absolon on 2 July 2014

    The flick of a switch is usually all it takes for us to enjoy a good read on the couch in a warm room on a cold winter evening...

  • Midwinter Dinner

    by Susan Bassett on 23 June 2014

    Midwinter is upon us, for those in the southern hemisphere at least. For those of us in Antarctica, midwinter is traditionally a time of celebration and feasting.

  • When coincidence helps history

    by Aline Leclercq on 18 June 2014

    Recently, a nice coincidence occurred in the lab while we were beginning conservation work on a new series of objects from the collection at Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery Hut at Hut Point.

  • Can you still tell a man by his shoes?

    by Stefanie White on 11 June 2014

    My grandmother, my mother and even my best friend have been heard announcing the old view that 'you can tell a man by his shoes' implying that shoes can portray a man's moral character. Today that view may be mostly obsolete, especially in the Antarctic.

About the Blog

The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s conservation experts work in Antarctica at New Zealand’s Scott Base and out in the field. They conserve objects from the historic bases which once belonged to Scott and Shackleton. More than 18,000 artefacts have been conserved including clothing, equipment and food. The blog records the challenges, quirks and highpoints of living and working in Antarctica and includes guest blogs on related topics.