We are delighted to announce that we are in the initial phases of undergoing a major conservation project at Horseshoe (Base Y - HSM No. 63) which is due to be carried out over the following seasons. The initial phase of this project is being supported by a grant from the Govt of the British Antarctic Territory and donations which have generously been gifted to us by a range of organisations and individuals as well as our members.
A specialist conservation team (pictured above) has been selected to conduct initial survey work which is scheduled to begin in January 2017. We are especially delighted to have Al Fastier join our team, from our sister trust the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. His wealth of experience and knowledge will be invaluable to our project.
Last week the team assembled at Churchill College in Cambridge to undergo a week of rigorous training in which they were taught all of the skills they will need for this challenging project. Everything from safe working at height and putting up their Weatherhaven tent to artefact handling and paint sampling. There is still much more planning to do before they leave in January and, of course, supplies to buy!
We will be sure to keep you updated as this exciting project progresses. To find out more about Horseshoe (Base Y) visit our website!