Antarctic Artefacts

Across our six historic sites we are responsible for the tens of thousands of artefacts contained within. We work to conserve as many of these artefacts as we can, from scientific equipment and lifestyle objects, to food tins and historical documents. These create the colour in our stories of human endeavour as they are the things that the men on base will have used whilst living and working in Antarctica.

Artefact Conservation

It is the artefacts which really bring to life what it was like to live in Antarctica and offer us a glimpse into the lives, work and interests of the men stationed there decades ago.

What they wore, ate, listened to, read and used for their work are both familiar and foreign to us today.

Find out more about our work to preserve Antarctic artefacts here.

Scientific Equipment

The six historic sites on the Antarctic Peninsula were all either scientific stations or were bases which supported teams undertaking scientific work during the twentieth century. Of course, much of the expensive equipment was evacuated, when the bases were finally abandoned, and used elsewhere, but some still remain or others have been found and reinstated.

Equipment

Life and work in Antarctica requires a good deal of equipment. Of the tens of thousands of artefacts at our sites many of them are concerned with surviving in the Antarctic. Items to assist with moving around, keeping warm, maintaining the base, looking after dogs and simply living are all to be seen in our huts.

Provisions

Perhaps some of the most evocative artefacts, and certainly some of the most recognisable, are the supplies and provisions left behind when the bases were finally abandoned.

Lifestyle Artefacts

Sometimes the men stationed in Antarctica were there for more than two years at a time. During the summer months the men were fully occupied with their scientific work with little time for rest and relaxation. The winter was a different matter. The long days of darkness meant that fieldwork was impossible so they needed to occupy themselves in other ways.

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Press Enquiries

We love to talk about 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, would like to arrange an interview, use our images or films, or want to discuss an opportunity to collaborate then get in touch.

For all press enquiries, please contact ukaht@89up.org or +44 (0) 203 411 28 89. For urgent press enquires out of office hours, please call +44 (0) 203 2 89 89 01.