Port Lockroy


© Antarctic Heritage Trust - credit: Antarctic Heritage Trust

Despite battling through one of the wettest seasons seen in the last two decades of work at Port Lockroy, with only five nonraining days out of 33, Al and the UKAHT conservation team had a very productive season completing the majority of the works scheduled. The project benefited greatly from having an enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced team.

The team conducted a full survey of the historic buildings at Base A and Damoy Hut to assess their conditions, with repairs made where necessary. A number of maintenance tasks were also completed, as well as product testing in order to be better informed for future conservation works at all of the historic huts within UKAHT’s care.

Learn more about Port Lockroy at UKAHT’s website.

Sophie Rowe/UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Working in the Field

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Working for hours at a time in sub-zero temperatures when you are cataloguing means you move very little.
Sophie Rowe/UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

Tutti Frutti

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My experience of the Antarctic Expedition ships we travelled on, is that they go to great lengths to keep their guests happy and healthy. The hospitality on board from the crew is often exceptional, and I was struck by the enjoyment and creativity they brought to their work.
Sea ice blocking the way to Port LockroyAntarctic Heritage Trust

Logistics and Delays

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Sometimes getting to Antarctica is as simple as getting on a plane in New Zealand and stepping off 5 hours later into sub zero temperatures. This year’s work expedition to Port Lockroy, (the British base on the Antarctic Peninsula managed by the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust) was a whole other story.