2022: Blog | Work whatever the weather
Due to the weather we are currently hunkered down in the Nissen as the rain and wind lash the buildings. However, we have plenty of paperwork and admin to keep us busy. Although our office is a little different, we all spend time working on word documents and spreadsheets. It is really important to document the work we are doing, and we have a number of work lists that broadly cover Conservation, Collections and Operational tasks.
Pictured: trialling the natural bristle brooms
For each task we document the methodology employed, products used and add lots of photos before, during, and after! This can be time consuming but is invaluable for spreading knowledge to our UK based office team and future field teams. Sketches, diary entries and reports have been a rich source of historical data that we have been able to draw on, both formally in the archives at the British Antarctic Survey and Scott Polar Research Institute, and informally as we read the personal accounts of the men stationed here during Operation Tabarin. Maybe our notes and photos will be used in another 50 years! Additionally this season we are taking more video content and audio recordings from shovelling snow, sawing wood to using our boot brushes. I have really enjoyed taking time to capture the sights and sounds that quickly become part of daily life here to share with a wider audience.
We are also taking the opportunity to trial some new products from a putty Tank has used previously on windows and thinks might be less tasty to the sheathbills to natural bristle brooms that will hopefully stand up to the daily challenge of scrubbing penguin guano off rocks! Eco-friendly toiletries and toilet roll have been tested in the Nissen.
Finally, we have been doing a ‘Content review’ looking at items no longer in use, out of date manuals and trying to rationalise what we have on base. As our previous teammate Lauren would say “we are giving the place a really good cleanse!”.
Lucy Dorman, Base Leader 2021 - 2022
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