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.

Maintenance and Provisions

Much of the equipment was brought in with the men or supplied when the supply ship visited. In between however, the men needed to maintain their own equipment and sometimes improvise to solve problems themselves – it may have been over a year before they saw a relief vessel again.

Workshops and Tools

Each base had a well-equipped workshop with all the tools and spares they might need to maintain their equipment. The engineering skills of the men were turned to all manner of tasks: maintaining their generators, sledges and skis, even fixing up a new cooking stove.

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