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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

Annual Report 2016-2017

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

The Explorer November 2017

November 1, 2017/by Comms

Century-old Fruitcake

Antarctic Heritage Trust conservators found a 100 year old fruit cake among the artefacts from Cape…
August 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

The Explorer June 2017

June 30, 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.

Before…
June 21, 2017/by Comms

Dr Edward Wilson Watercolour

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica.
June 12, 2017/by Comms

Hillary’s Hut Wins Award

We are delighted to have won the International category of the 31st annual Dulux Colour Awards for Hillary's…
May 12, 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

The Explorer March 2017

March 31, 2017/by Comms

Saving Hillary’s Hut

On Friday 20 January 2017 the residents of New Zealand's Scott Base celebrated the base’s 60 year anniversary…
March 19, 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

Young Kiwis conquer Antarctic mountain

Four young New Zealanders, including William Pike who lost his leg during the 2007 eruption of Mount…
March 5, 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

Trip of a Lifetime for Young Kiwi Explorers

Four young New Zealanders are about to embark on a journey others only dream of – to Antarctica. The…
January 30, 2017/by Comms

The Explorer December 2016

December 23, 2016/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

Annual Report 2016

October 27, 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

High Tea on the Icy Sea

By Ciarán Lavelle

They came from the North and they came prepared, well they came with everything…
July 12, 2016/by Comms

Reinvigorating a City … and History

By Sue Bassett

Conserving artefacts from the early British Antarctic expedition huts whilst actually…
July 4, 2016/by Comms

For Better or Worcestershire Sauce

By Josefin Jimenez

For the past weeks, as the paper conservator, I have been working on a collection…
June 27, 2016/by Comms

Fighting Fit at 30 Below

By Ciarán Lavelle

The men of Scott’s 1910 expedition would have been at the peak of their physical…
June 15, 2016/by Comms

A Discovery Below Penguin Guano

By Stefanie White

Looking through the magnification lens, I take a breath through my respirator and…
June 2, 2016/by Comms

Meet the Team – Cape Adare Artefacts Conservation Project

By Josefin Jiménez

The work to conserve the artefacts from Cape Adare, the base established by Carsten…
May 24, 2016/by Comms

The Explorer April 2016

May 10, 2016/by Comms

Favourites

By Sue Bassett

During the decade of work by the Trust’s on-ice conservation teams, many personal…
February 22, 2016/by Comms

Inspiring Explorers Expedition a Success

The Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition, an international centenary…
November 1, 2015/by Comms

Dogs

By Sue Bassett

While Captain RF Scott wasn’t keen on the idea of using dogs as his main means of…
October 28, 2015/by Comms

Heroic Explorers Inspire a New Generation

The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expedition 2015 to South Georgia Island left on…
October 17, 2015/by Comms

Prime Minister Launches Conservation Plan

Today, New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key has launched the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Conservation…
March 17, 2015/by Comms

Hillary Tractor Secured in Public Private Partnership

A Ferguson tractor, used by Sir Edmund Hillary’s party at the newly-constructed Scott Base during the…
March 13, 2015/by Comms

World-leading Project Saves Heroic Antarctic Legacy

The world’s most extreme conservation project has saved three historic buildings and thousands of artefacts…
January 28, 2015/by Comms

Midwinter

By Sue Bassett

Midwinter is upon us, for those in the southern hemisphere at least. For those…
June 18, 2014/by Comms

Let There Be Light … and Heat!

By Meg Absolon

Let there be light… and heat!

The flick of the switch is usually all it takes…
June 11, 2014/by Comms

Can You Still Tell a Man by His Shoes?

By Stefanie White

My grandmother, my mother and even my best friend have been heard announcing the…
June 11, 2014/by Comms

Dog Biscuits

By Meg Absolon

I’ve been very fortunate since arriving on the Ice to be working in the on-site conservation…
March 7, 2014/by Comms

Shackleton’s Car

By Sue Bassett

When Ernest Shackleton led the British Antarctic ‘Nimrod’ Expedition 1907–09…
February 3, 2014/by Comms

Ross Sea Party Tent

By Sue Bassett

A century on, we continue to share some of the artefacts we’ve treated from Shackleton’s…
June 12, 2013/by Comms

Ross Sea Party Improvised Gear

By Sue Bassett

The artefacts conserved by the Trust that remain in Scott’s Cape Evans hut tell something…
May 27, 2013/by Comms

Pony Snowshoes

By Sue Bassett

When it comes to working with historical material that is only 100 years old, most…
May 22, 2013/by Comms

Cape Evans Stove

By Sue Bassett

While the Trust’s on-ice conservators move the artefacts from the historic expedition…
January 12, 2009/by Comms