Posted by Sarah
Date: 29 January 2011
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It was with great anticipation that I flew out to Captain RF Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition 1910-1913 hut at Cape Evan and Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907 Nimrod Expedition Hut at Cape Royds on Saturday. I have been working as a conservator at these huts since the 1997. Since my last trip in 2006, an enormous amount of work has been undertaken by the building conservators to shore up the huts and remove ice and snow from under the hut, to improve the internal environments. Additionally, thousands of artefacts have been conserved and placed back on display.
The visual and environmental changes inside the hut were very noticeable. The huts no longer have ice fingering its way up the wall with wet beads of corrosion glistening in my torch light. Instead the huts have a drier, more lived in feeling. The picture shows one corner of Shackleton’s 1907 Nimrod Expedition Hut, 10 years ago the walls and floor under these beds was damp and moldy, now it is quite dry.
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1907 Nimrod Expedition Hut at Cape Royds © AHT / Sarah
I’m an in no doubt these changes will have an enormous impact on the longevity of these very special places, and it is fantastic that the Antarctic Heritage Trust has had the resources to carry out the necessary work.