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.


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.


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 are very keen to promote 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, using our images or films or want to discuss an interview or potential collaboration opportunity we would love to hear from you.  Please contact either Sarah or Lewis at Limewash to discuss your requirements or +44 (0)1223 813 557.