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Experience the Antarctic from your desktop

The Natural History Museum today launches its Antarctic Heritage and Conservation website, which features a blog with regular postings from conservators working through the Antarctic winter on preserving Shackleton's hut.

The website is part of an ongoing Museum programme, in partnership with the Antarctic Heritage Trust, to profile British heritage in Antarctic science through the use of interactive media. The Antarctic Heritage and Conservation website is part of the Museum's website and, from 10 May 2006, can be found at

The inclusion of conservators' stories, pictures of the surviving artefacts and stunning visuals of the environment will raise awareness about this important preservation project and the history of scientific research in the Antarctic.

'These huts of Antarctic explorers are the physical remnants of the genesis of science in Antarctica. With the UNESCO International Polar Year just around the corner (2007) and images of melting glaciers fresh in our minds, the need to understand and value the international scientific effort that is undertaken in Antarctica is imperative.' said Sharon Ament, Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum. 'We in the UK should be proud to have played such an important role in polar research and the Huts at Cape Royds and Evans belong to the astounding history of excellence of British Science.' 

The Natural History Museum holds specimens collected on the famous Antarctic expeditions which form part of a collection used by scientists today to research some of the major issues facing the world, from climate change to the origin of the solar system.  Through working in partnership with the Antarctic Heritage Trust the Museum will use the blog, and in the future a virtual tour, to highlight the endeavours of the men who went on the expeditions, the huts that they left behind, the specimens that were brought back, and scientific research into the Antarctic. 

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  • Antarctic Heritage Trust is a New Zealand charity that together with its UK sister trust, UKAHT, is working to save the first explorers buildings in the Ross Sea region of Antarctica. These include the only sites left by Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. More details on the Antarctic Heritage Trust's Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project are available on its website
  • The Antarctic Heritage Trust is using an international team of three conservators to work on the huts: Sarah Clayton and Ainslie Greiner both work for the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and Nicola Dunn works for the Museum of London.
  • Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Natural History Museum is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in 68 countries. The Museum is committed to encouraging public engagement with science.
  • This is the Natural History Museum's first blog; it was developed with support from PowWow Interactive.

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