Artefact Conservation at Port Lockroy
Port Lockroy is home to some 2,500 individual artefacts. Intense light, fluctuating temperatures, varying humidity, salt and ultraviolet radiation all of which contribute to the harm of materials and are particularly extreme in Antarctica. We monitor these environmental conditions over the long term so that we may try to minimise their impact on the artefacts and preserve them into the future. Each season our team at Port Lockroy undertake an artefact condition survey. They assess specific individual artefacts gathering important information which allows us to determine the pace of change and the causes. This data is then used to plan how better we can store and display the objects to best preserve them as well as inform any treatment plans for any damaged items.