UK Antarctic Heritage Trust announces the appointment of a Chief Executive
The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Camilla Nichol as its new Chief Executive. The appointment follows the decision of the Director, Rachel Morgan, to step down after fourteen years with the Trust.
Camilla Nichol joins the Trust from Leeds Museums and Galleries, where she has been Head of Collections since 2008. In Leeds she was responsible for the care, conservation and development of the 1.3 million-strong collections across nine museum sites. Leading on the strategic development of the service she secured in excess of £13m of external funding, including achieving Arts Council England Major Partner Museum status for Leeds. She also was responsible for the award-winning community engagement programme, an innovative digital media department, an active research strategy, as well as strategic partnership development.
Camilla studied Geology at the University of Edinburgh followed by Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Previously she led the science team at York Museums Trust and worked at the Hunterian Museum at Glasgow University, during which time the first rocks collected on the Antarctic mainland by Carsten Borchgrevink were uncovered in the collection.
“I am delighted to be joining the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust at such an exciting time. Port Lockroy has never been so popular with visitors, plus we are in the middle of the centenary of the heroic age which has inspired so many. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for the Antarctic with a wider public” said Camilla.
“I'm looking forward to working with the Trustees and the team in Cambridge in continuing the Trust’s excellent work in preserving this important heritage, as well as developing new and innovative ways for us to reach new audiences with our Antarctic story.”
“The Trustees are delighted that Camilla has accepted the role of Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust,” said UKAHT Chairman, Donald Lamont. “Rachel Morgan leaves a unique legacy of achievement: our operation at Port Lockroy is the most visited location in Antarctica and has become known to a wider public through the outstanding “Penguin Post Office” programme on TV. This forms a platform of excellence on which Camilla and our team in Cambridge can now build”.
Penguin Post Office
Last season BBC Natural World commissioned a production that would capture Port Lockroy’s gentoo penguins. Their daily trials and tribulations unfold as cruise ships come and go, bringing tourists to buy postcards, visit the museum and of course photograph the penguins.
Running concurrently are two further BBC productions: BBC Radio 4 ‘Penguin Post Office’, recorded by the film crew team and CBBC’s ‘My Life’ featuring director and cameraman Andrew Graham-Brown’s children.
Port Lockroy Post Office and museum sits on tiny Goudier Island in Antarctica. Established in February 1944 the research station remained permanently occupied until 1962. In 1996 Port Lockroy was restored to its original condition and is now open to visitors during the Antarctic summer. Each year the Trust recruits a team of four talented and enthusiastic staff to work at Port Lockroy for the season, promoting the legacy of British scientists' early work. The gentoo penguins arrived on Goudier Island in 1985.
For more information about this BBC production click here
Our Flagship - Port Lockroy
The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to promote and encourage the public's interest in its Antarctic heritage.
Besides its flagship site at Port Lockroy the Trust conserves five other British historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Trust supports sister organisations to look after heritage sites in other parts of Antarctica.