Wind Speed: 8 kn
Temp with wind chill: -13c
So here we are in Antarctica at last!
Gretel, Stefan and I have come from the UK, while Susanne our lead conservator hails from the USA. We shall be here at New Zealand’s Scott Base in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica for the next 7 months during the Austral winter, and shall be conserving artefacts that have been temporarily transported here for the season from Captain Scott’s hut at Cape Evans. It has been a long road getting here for all of us, with the last few months being taken up with medical exams, psychometric testing, packing and general preparations, as well as saying goodbye to friends and family back home.
Both Susanne and I are returnees, having worked on the programme before, but for Stefan and Gretel it is their first time in the big white South!
I was last here in 2010 and am very much looking forward to experiencing a second winter. Every season is unique according to group dynamics and personalities on base, not to mention the artefacts themselves posing new conservation challenges.
I had initially felt a little nervous about meeting my immediate AHT colleagues and wider Scot base family (a small team of 14 people in total), given that we will be living and working together so closely for so long… but things are looking good so far, so watch this space.
AHT winter team arrive on the ice! C 17