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Antarctic Conservation Blog

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<strong>The hard work started quickly for the Ross Sea Party who set out on their first depot laying journey just nine days after dropping anchor at Cape Evans. Gaze collection, Canterbury Museum. 1975.231.75</strong>

    Ross Sea Party struggles to lay depots

    by Kerry McCarthy on 20 February 2015

    Finding it hard to settle back into work after your holiday? Spare a thought for the Ross Sea Party. After a rough journey south, the Aurora finally arrived at Cape Evans on 16 January 1915.

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<strong>Nicola conserving a one-person sleeping bag </strong>© <strong>Sue Bassett</strong>

    Climbing into a cosy sleeping bag

    by Susan Bassett on 23 January 2015

    For the campers among us, we know the joys of climbing into a cosy sleeping bag ...

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<strong><em>© </em>Canterbury Museum <em>Endurance</em></strong>

    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.

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.