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.

 

Materials and Techniques

As Port Lockroy is such a unique heritage site we believe that is is important to preserve its authenticity. This is why we only use traditional materials and techniques when carrying out any work. Whilst this may take longer, it allows visitors to see Port Lockroy in its authentic state, as it was originally built. 

Long Term Efforts

We work carefully to monitor and maintain all of the buildings. Our Port Lockroy team gather detailed information on the condition which then lets us know where we need to invest in future conservation. As well as repairs they work to prevent any damage or negative impact which might be caused by the harsh climate.

This is an ongoing process which is designed to safeguard the sites in the long term, slowing down the inevitable effects of environmental conditions. With more research, improved techniques and the best advice we are confident that Port Lockroy and all our sites are in the best possible hands.

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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.