About the blog archive

Direct from the frozen continent of Antarctica, this blog is written by teams of conservators who have travelled here to work since 2006, enduring the world’s most hostile environment.

For the last few years they have been conserving 4,500 artefacts from the explorer's hut left behind by Ernest Shackleton after his attempt to reach the South Pole in 1908. This task is nearly complete and work has now started on over 8,000 artefacts from Captain Scott's base at Cape Evans.

You can find out more about the conservators who’ve taken part in this project and written for this blog by reading their biographies.

Their blog tells you what it's like living and working in Antarctica, about the hut and about the conservation work they are doing. The most recent posts appear at the top of the page. Scroll down to find earlier entries, or use the Categories list on the right hand side of the blog archive, where posts have been filed under subject matter.

Visit the blog archive or read entries from the current conservators in the Antarctic conservation blog.

Working in one of the world's most challenging and beautiful environments, the winter-over team faces 24-hour darkness and temperatures of -40°C, with no flights out until the Antarctic summer. The summer team sees 24-hour daylight in midsummer and the conservators spend part of their time camping near the huts.

Their work is a world first for conservation and is part of the Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project led by the Antarctic Heritage Trust. They are staying at Scott Base near to Shackleton's hut at Royds Bay on Ross Island.

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Cartoon image of a hatchet fish on a museum pass

Until 1938 whale carcasses were buried in the Museum grounds so that their flesh would decay leaving only the skeletons.