Date: April 18, 2012
Wind Speed: 11knots
Temp with wind chill: -20°C
Starting next week, museums, libraries, and archives all over the United States will be celebrating Preservation Week. This annual event promotes conservation for collections of all sizes from museum collections to personal family heritage. Objects are the only tangible evidence we have of the past and the work of conservators and preservation specialists is critical to saving these irreplaceable treasures of human and family history. While the remote locations of the huts prohibit large amounts of visitors, the Trust has developed other resources that you can use to “visit” the huts and see the conservation work.
To check out a virtual tour of the huts visit the Trust’s webpage at http://www.nzaht.org/AHT/PhotoandVirtualTour/.
Stefan and Susanne discussing the conservation of tins with a lab visitor. © AHT / Gretel
One way that we share the conservation projects taking place on the huts is through public tours during the winter season. We invite our friends from McMurdo Station, located 4km away, to visit the laboratory and view some of the artefacts undergoing conservation work. These tours are always a fun way to talk with people and explain the processes used to protect this iconic collection. We all feel very fortunate to be a part of this project and it’s a great reward to be able to share it with you!
Woollen sock from Cape Evans after conservation.
Note the repair to the heel area and how even the repair has worn through from wear © AHT