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Welcome to the Antarctic Heritage Trust

Conserving the expedition bases left by the Antarctic explorers

At the turn of the twentieth century Antarctica was the focus of one of the last great races of exploration and discovery. The heroic era of Antarctic exploration (1895 – 1917) gave us Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, names now synonymous with Antarctic adventure and the values of discovery, adventure and endurance.

Four expedition parties built bases in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica. The bases still stand in Antarctica today and are cared for, on behalf of the international community, by the Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The Trust, based in New Zealand, is engaged in a long-term cold conservation project to protect the explorers' legacy; the bases and the artefacts they left behind, for current and future generations.

Century old Antarctic images discovered in Captain Scott's hut.

Read more about this remarkable discovery.

Snowy landscape, McMurdo Sound
Snowy landscape, McMurdo Sound
Disturbed snow in foreground. Cellulose nitrate processed sheet film negative. One of a group adhered together and found in Captain Scott's 1911 expedition base, Cape Evans, Antarctica, by Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) conservators. Photo taken by Ernest Shackleton's Ross Sea Party 1914-1917. Mould staining around edge of image.

Saving the Expedition bases of the First Antarctic Explorers