Artefact Conservation

We are responsible for tens of thousands of artefacts across our six sites. These include supplies, equipment, personal effects and documents. It is through these artefacts that we can glimpse into the life of the men who lived on this harsh continent. 

Preserving against the elements

The objects are made of all sorts of materials: metals, textiles, paper, foodstuffs, wood, organic materials and a few plastics all of which are vulnerable to the cold, the wet and the intense light in Antarctica.

We work closely with professional conservators in the UK, particularly with the support of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), to identify, understand and mitigate the risks to these artefacts in the long term.

Technique

Our Port Lockroy team are trained in object handling by our conservator colleagues at the Scott Polar Research Institute. They are also taught condition assessment and basic remedial conservation techniques before they head south. During their time at Port Lockroy they carry out our artefact programme which involves capturing detailed information about the condition of individual artefacts as well as routine treatments to any damaged or vulnerable artefacts. This data is then fed into our artefact database and used to plan for the following season.

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Other historic sites which we have a heritage interest in - each with a unique and significant story to tell about life in Antarctica.

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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.