Current Projects

We support a range of projects and activities which further our organisational aims: 

  • Preserving and enhancing the unique physical heritage of human endeavour in Antarctica to the highest standards, in the UK, in Antarctica and beyond.  
  • Inspiring people to pursue a lifelong engagement with the legacy of the pioneers of British Antarctic science and exploration. 

All our grants are funded through income generated from donations, legacies, the support of visitors to Port Lockroy and the ‘Friends of Antarctica’. 

Dundee Heritage Trust - RSS
RSS Discovery Rigging Conservation Project

Grant Awarded: £50,000 | Board approved: January 2017 

Following an inspection of the rigging, masts and spars of RRS Discovery, it was identified there was a serious problem with rot, degradation and structural integrity.  The repair work will involve removing the upper fore and main masts, spares and bowsprit along the rigging and is expected to take around eight months to complete.  

Athy Heritage Company Limited
Restoration of Shackleton’s Cabin Deck (Rys Quest)

Grant Awarded: £12,060 | Board approved: February 2016 

The deck cabin is from RYS Quest, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s last expedition ship and was the cabin in which Sir Ernest died in 1922.  Athy plan to conserve and restore the cabin in readiness for display as a central exhibit in the new ‘Shackleton Museum’ to be established in Athy, County Kildare, Ireland. 

New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust
Commonwealth TAE Hut, Scott Base

Grant Awarded: £40,000 (over two years) | Board approved: October 2015 

The Commonwealth TAE Hut at Scott Base is the sole know surviving intact building in Antarctica associated with Sir Vivian Fuch’s British led expedition. The site has been designed a Historical Site & Monument. The conservation plan for the building was launched earlier this year by the NZ Prime Minister.   

Gilbert White & Oates Museum
Antarctic Learning Programme

Grant Awarded: £45,000 (over three years) | Board approved: October 2015 

As part of their project Towards Sustainability – Inspiring Voyages of Discovery in the Natural World, they will create a new learning programme designed to reach new audiences.

Dundee Heritage Trust
Purchase of 35 objects relating to Frank Plumley

Grant Awarded: £10,000 | Board approved: April 2016


To purchase, via private sale, a collection of 35 objects relating to Frank Plumley (1876-1971), one of the stokers on the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904. These comprise of personal possessions, archives and photographs from his time on board Discovery as well as newspaper clippings relating to his later life.



We support UK and overseas polar institutions and individuals with grant aid towards outreach and education projects that fulfil the mission of the Trust.

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Press Enquiries

We are very keen to promote the important heritage work that we do, telling the story of life in Antarctica both past and present. If you are interested in running a story about us, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements or +44 (0)1223 813 557.