Conservation is at the heart of everything we do. The practical care and management of our historic sites and their artefacts in Antarctica is both our biggest challenge and our greatest responsibility. Our ongoing work to protect and stabilise these buildings and artefacts aims to ensure they will be available for future generations to learn from and enjoy.

The six buildings and associated structures along with the tens of thousands of artefacts need a great deal of care and protection to make sure they survive the hostile conditions of the Antarctic climate.

We work with a range of professional organisations and individuals to make the best possible decisions and plans for the long term care of these sites so that they might remain long after we've gone.

Conservation at Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy is our flagship historic site and is the only site we look after which is manned by a team every season. The harsh Antarctic climate and up to 18,000 visitors each season each take their toll on the building so we have a rigorous conservation management programme to guide our care and maintenance of the buildings and the artefacts within.


As our team are conserving Horseshoe we will be updating diary entries from Base Y from 1955 through to 2017. Opened in 1955 and closed in 1960, Base Y is a time capsule of Antarctic history. With contributions from base logs, personal diaries and modern day updates, Horseshoe Diaries will keep you up to date with what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen with this remarkable base. 


Conservation at UKAHT's Other Sites

All six sites in our care are in different stages of their conservation management programme. Wordie, Damoy and Detaille along with Port Lockroy have been cared for by us for several years and have had seasons where our mobile conservation teams have spent time repairing and restoring their structures. Horseshoe and Stonington are new arrivals into our portfolio and we are at the start of the process for developing their management plans.

Artefact Conservation

Artefacts are what really bring to life what it was like to live in Antarctica. They offer us a glimpse into the lives, work and interests of the men who were stationed there decades ago.

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

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

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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 or +44 (0) 203 411 28 89. For urgent press enquires out of office hours, please call +44 (0) 203 2 89 89 01.