Antarctic Heritage Trust
- On 08/03/2011
- In Conservation / Preservation
From Past Horizons
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand based charity recognised internationally as the organisation which cares for the expedition bases associated with the famed polar explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.
These bases, built between 1901 and 1911, are located in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. The three wooden bases contain an estimated 15,000+ artefacts consisting of objects made from a variety of materials including timber, leather, glass and metal.
These sites are protected under the Antarctic Treaty System and have been listed on the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.
The Trust has a major international conservation project under-way to conserve the bases and the artefact collections. It is world-leading in terms of polar conservation.
Since 2006 conservators have been based year round at New Zealand’s science facility, Scott Base, conserving the artefact collections. Conservation work is carried out both on-site at the bases (during summer months) and at Scott Base (during summer and winter).