Antarctic explorers Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest
Shackleton used Christchurch as a gateway for their Antarctic
One hundred years on, the city still has strong Antarctic links,
housing the US, Korean and New Zealand Antarctic programmes
supporting science in Antarctica.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is also based here, responsible for
one of the world's most extreme conservation projects. Summer and
winter, for more than a decade, the Antarctic Heritage Trust has
been conserving the original explorer bases in Antarctica. Since
2006, 62 specialists from 12 countries have undertaken meticulous
heritage conservation, unprecedented in its scale and complexity in
the Polar Regions, to conserve Scott's and Shackleton's Antarctic
Artefact conservators have worked from purpose-built
laboratories to conserve 18,248 individual artefacts, including
food supplies, clothing, equipment and personal items left behind
in the historic huts. Heritage carpenters have repaired and
weatherproofed Scott's huts at Cape Evans and Hut Point and
Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds.
During that work, previously undiscovered artefacts were found,
including, most famously, crates of Scotch whisky and brandy at
Shackleton's historic base, unseen photographs and a notebook from
Scott's historic hut at Cape Evans.
The Antarctic Heritage Trust is about to begin conservation work
on the first building on the continent at Cape Adare and, later,
the original building built for the Trans-Antarctic Expedition of
1955-58 at New Zealand's Scott Base.
Thanks to sponsors including Christchurch Airport, the Antarctic
Heritage Trust is able to continue its valuable work. Check out the
conservation work on the three huts at Antarctic Heritage Trusts youtube channel