Antarctic Blog

Read all the latest news on and off the ice.

Online Database Update April 2023

159,000 images have been processed so far by the project team transitioning the Trust’s image assets to an online database called Recollect.
May 1, 2023/by Comms

Artefacts Repatriated to Scott’s Terra Nova hut

The team repatriated several items to Scott’s Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans this season including an improvised sledge distance meter wheel once owned by George Murray Levick.
May 1, 2023/by Comms

Antarctic Conservation Season Update June 2022

The 2021-22 summer Antarctic season saw a seven-person conservation team spend nearly two months working on an extended monitoring and maintenance programme at the Ross Island explorer bases of Robert Falcon Scott at Cape Evans and Hut Point, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s base at Cape Royds, and Sir Edmund Hillary’s hut at Pram Point.
June 7, 2022/by Comms

Historic Antarctic Artefacts Discovered

The discovery of historic Antarctic artefacts at Cape Evans is one of the highlights of the season for the Trust.
May 29, 2022/by Comms

Year-Round Conservation Programme

For the first time since 2014, we have a team of four wintering over in Antarctica.
May 29, 2022/by Comms

Protecting and Repatriating Artefacts at Scott’s ‘Terra Nova’ hut

A key project, in addition to maintenance and monitoring work at Scott’s Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans work was to reduce the dust levels from the scoria in the stables and western annex.
May 29, 2022/by Comms

Preventing Blubber Ooze at Scott’s ‘Discovery’ Hut

At Scott’s Discovery hut at Hut Point, a stack of seal blubber within the hut has been oozing oil onto the adjacent floorboards during the warm summer months.
May 29, 2022/by Comms

Conserving Shackleton’s Venesta Cases

The largest and most challenging task this 2021/22 season was at Shackleton’s Nimrod hut at Cape Royds.
May 29, 2022/by Comms

Visit Cape Evans via Podcast

The Trust has published a podcast featuring a series of short interviews captured on location in Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova hut during the 2019 Antarctic season by Francesca Eathorne, Trust Chief OperationsOfficer.
December 19, 2021/by Comms

VR Inspires Antarctic Gateway City Visit

Michelle Oleary, a high school teacher from rural community Waimate, in New Zealand, loved that we brought Hillary’s Hut - Antarctica Virtual Reality experience directly into her classroom.
October 4, 2021/by Comms

Alumnus Returns to Antarctica with VR

As soon as Gus Anning heard that the Trust’s virtual reality experience had been launched, he registered on the website for the VR to visit his children’s school.
October 4, 2021/by Comms

Digital Design Q&A

Heritage Preservation through VR storytelling
August 24, 2020/by Comms

Winter-Quarters Warmth – the Gurney Stove in Antarctica

Winter-Quarters Warmth – the Gurney Stove in Antarctica
August 18, 2020/by Comms

Herbert George Ponting Series

Herbert George Ponting Series
June 11, 2020/by Comms

Cape Evans at Last

by Francesca Eathorne

Blog number five from the Trust's General Manager Operations and Communications…
December 4, 2019/by Comms

Joining the Conservation Team

by Francesca Eathorne

Blog number four from the Trust's General Manager Operations and Communications…
November 24, 2019/by Comms

Surviving Antarctic Field Training

by Francesca Eathorne

Blog number three from the Trust's General Manager Operations and Communications…
November 20, 2019/by Comms

Hot Tips for a First Trip to the Ice

I'm a planner. A list writer. Someone who gets deep satisfaction from seeing everything on my to-do list…
November 18, 2019/by Comms

An Invitation to the World’s Most Extreme Environment

November 9, 2019/by Comms

Antarctic Conservation Update August 2019

August 7, 2019/by Comms

Off to the Seaside

Although my time working around Scott Base has been incredible, the portion of my trip which I was really…
December 20, 2018/by Comms

Evans Heaven

Cape Evans was next up on our Antarctic field trip – we spent seven busy days here.

Scott's Terra…
December 20, 2018/by Comms

Ducking for Cover

A large focus for the AHT team over the last couple of weeks has been catching up on jobs associated…
November 27, 2018/by Comms

Sugar Sugar

Carbs, fatty protein, sugar, fat, a bit more sugar – sound like a recipe for happiness or hospitalisation?…
November 22, 2018/by Comms

An Update from Port Lockroy

Trust Programme Manager Al Fastier joined the UKAHT Port Lockroy Conservation Team under the Trust’s partnership to share its conservation knowledge and expertise developed during the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.
November 15, 2018/by Comms

1000 Days on Ice

There’s an Antarctic specific occasion which only a few folks ever get to celebrate, and this week…
November 15, 2018/by Comms

Antarctic Field Training for Beginners

This has been a busy second week, with a lot of the work focussed around the TAE/IGY Hut. However, the…
November 14, 2018/by Comms

Like Travelling to Another Planet



For me the whole experience of travelling to Antarctica felt more like travelling…
November 5, 2018/by Comms

Meet Mike Gillies – 2018 Conservation Ambassador

Congratulations to Mike Gillies, who has been selected as the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s 2018/2019…
October 26, 2018/by Comms

Raising the Roof

Antarctic Heritage Trust has finished the last major job of saving Sir Edmund Hillary’s hut at Scott…
March 27, 2018/by Comms

Reflections from Antarctic Ambassador Chris Ansin

When I talk to people about what it is like to visit and live in Antarctica, everyone’s imagination…
March 19, 2018/by Comms

An Antarctic Ambassador’s Awe – Diana McCormack

Since getting back everyone has been asking me “Well, how was it?” and I keep finding myself short…
March 19, 2018/by Comms

Cod Liver Oil

The team is back at Scott Base now and enjoying the relative luxuries (bathrooms, meals being served…
December 28, 2017/by Comms

Life of luxury

Much like the differences in the historic huts, compared to the cosy cabin at Cape Royds in which we…
December 21, 2017/by Comms

Life at Scott Base!

Adjusting back to life at Scott Base is like returning home from a long holiday. There are regular meal…
December 21, 2017/by Comms

Cape Evans

Exhausted with desperation, in the dimming light of the Antarctic Autumn, the heroic men of the Terra…
December 15, 2017/by Comms

From the Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans

From Cape Royds we moved on to Cape Evans, camping near the Terra Nova hut where we spent four days on…
December 5, 2017/by Comms

Camping On Ice

Scott Base is situated on Ross Island which is connected to the mainland by the Ross Ice Shelf. Before…
December 1, 2017/by Comms

Visiting the Nimrod Hut at Cape Royds

We have now had a whole week out in the field, visiting the historic huts. Our first trip was to…
November 29, 2017/by Comms

Human Ice Block

Has there ever been something that has always held your curiosity, but you never thought you would…
November 24, 2017/by Comms

Antarctic Field Training

Antarctic Heritage Trust Conservation Ambassador Diana McCormack shares her experience of Antarctic Field…
November 21, 2017/by Comms

Introducing Chris Ansin!

Hello! Welcome to the adventures of the 2017 Sir Peter Blake Antarctic Youth Ambassador! My name is Chris…
November 10, 2017/by Comms

From Armagh to Adare, And Back Again

Cape Adare in Antarctica is one of the most isolated locations in the world and in 1898 the British Antarctic…
July 6, 2017/by Comms

A Sticky Business for Jammy Conservator

The tins are from a box that was found under a bed at Cape Adare and came from Borchgrevink's expedition.

June 21, 2017/by Comms

Life Comes Full Circle

Conservator Ciarán shares his story about coming full circle on his conservation journey with tins…
April 5, 2017/by Comms

The Great Antarctic Bake Off – Ancient Recipes Retrieved from the Ice

Among the snow melters and assorted polar paraphernalia, several tins of baking powder have lent an unusual…
April 3, 2017/by Comms

What’s in the Box?

While there is certainly nothing ordinary about a job that involves opening and conserving wooden crates…
March 16, 2017/by Comms

The Great Unwashed

Preparations for all polar explorations must be meticulous and there are a very few things that you can…
February 12, 2017/by Comms

Old News is Good News

In this fractious modern world it can be comforting to know that things have ever been much the same.…
December 13, 2016/by Comms

Antarctic Field Training (AFT)

By Doug Henderson

All new arrivals at Scott Base are required to attend Antarctic Field Training. …
October 26, 2016/by Comms

The Summer Season Begins

By Lizzie Meek

The AHT summer conservation team is here at Scott Base, and well and truly settled…
October 25, 2016/by Comms

A Venezuelan Connection

By Josefin Jimenez

Conservator Ciaran Lavelle mused in an earlier post Life is like a box of Chocolates…
October 19, 2016/by Comms

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates

By Ciaran Lavelle

Do you remember Forrest Gump sitting there on his park bench sharing not only his…
October 11, 2016/by Comms

The Name of the Game

By Josefin Jimenez

This week I have been working on half a piece of card, identified only as “Game:…
August 17, 2016/by Comms

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Ciaran Lavelle

Close your eyes and imagine what a typical explorer would look like. Now imagine…
August 12, 2016/by Comms

Tea Towels: Hemmed and Ready for Use

By Stefanie White

20 unused tea towels from Cape Adare are currently undergoing conservation treatment.…
August 10, 2016/by Comms

Why Did Levick Leave His Personal Items Behind?

By Stefanie White

George Murray Levick, surgeon and zoologist on Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition (1910-1913)…
August 5, 2016/by Comms

Lime Juice Nodules

By Josefin Jimenez

In most cases the historic food that comes off the ice is interesting, rather than…
July 20, 2016/by Comms