We have now finished celebrating the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott's British Antarctic Expedition 1910 to 1913. It is one of the most famous and stirring stories of world exploration.
The Trust's sister organisation - Antarctic Heritage Trust (New Zealand) looks after the historic huts from the heroic era which are in the Ross Sea region.
Although funds have been raised for Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds, and for the current restoration of Scott's hut at Cape Evans, it has only been possible recently for the NZAHT to start the conservation process restoring Scott's hut from the Discovery expedition and Borchgrevink's hut at Cape Adare, following receipt of a substantial grant from the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (read NZAHT's newsletter 'Heritage Hearsay'').
If you feel you can help please send a cheque payable to:
UKAHT (Ross Sea Huts Appeal), High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET, UK.
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"Once lost, they are lost forever. Historic buildings in Antarctica stand as monuments to the dedicated work of their inhabitants and as witnesses to the details of their everyday existence."
The UK and NZ Antarctic Heritage Trusts are committed to preserving the historic huts constructed in the early years of the 20th century by the expeditions of the celebrated Antarctic explorers, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and the Norwegian Captain Borchgrevink.
The huts contain a wide variety of equipment and supplies left by the expeditions when they returned to UK. They are thus a unique legacy of the heroic era of Antarctic exploration.
Not surprisingly after so many years the huts and their contents now urgently need an extensive programme of conservation.
This was begun in 2004 by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, which has operational responsibility for the huts in this area of Antarctica, with the active support of the UK Trust. The bulk of the funding required is being raised in UK, New Zealand, and USA. By May 2006, enough had been raised to secure the future of Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds.
In recent years exceptionally heavy snow falls have threatened Scott's hut at Cape Evans. This underlines the urgency of the project to preserve this and the other huts on Ross Island. The adverse climate and difficult working conditions mean that all such work in Antarctica is expensive.