Posted by Cricket
Date: 25 August 2010
Temperature: -23 C (-9 F)
Wind Speed: 15 knots, NE
Temp with wind chill: -45 C (-49 F)
Our first week at Scott Base quickly disappeared, faster than a kid with a cupcake. This week working with the winter conservation team, seeing Antarctica for the first time, and meeting everyone here at Scott Base has been an absolute treat. We had a five-day overlap with the winter conservators and began taking over and gaining speed on the Trust’s project to conserve objects associated with R.F. Scott’s (1910-13) expedition. During this time, the winter conservators helped us move into the summer conservation lab, which is situated a short outdoors walk from the main facility, and guided us through our environs, showing us what various offsite storage containers hold, which artefacts need conservation and discussing methodologies for conservation treatments.
Winter Conservators leaving Scott Base, Antarctica, bound for Christchurch, New Zealand © AHT/D.Komejan
The winter conservation team left on Sunday. Though we’ve only known them a short while, it was difficult to see Nicola, Mindy, Jane and Georgina go. They are a fantastic group of women and wonderful conservators. Diana and I laughed, a bit nervously, that maybe they set the bar a little too high? The quality and volume of their work is certainly impressive.
Cricket in front of storage containers, Scott Base © AHT/D.Komejan
And now, starting into our second week with our training wheels off, we feel more and more settled, and eager to move ahead. The first two crates of objects that we unpacked from Scott’s Cape Evans expedition (1910-1913) are enchanting – iron tools, tins of mustard, ration bags and a bottle of pickled onions. But, more on these later. For now, thank you, winter team, and happy travels!
Antarctic Heritage Trust Artefact Conservation Lab at Scott Base, Antarctica © AHT/D.Komejan