SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
The website of the Natural History Museum in London has a section specially devoted to Antarctic Heritage and Conservation.
On the website you can read about Shackleton's hut (used on the Nimrod expedition of 1907-9) and its conservation, about the difficulties of working in the the Antarctic winter, and also read the internet diary (known as a 'blog') of those who are working to restore the huts and ensure they are preserved for the future.
It describes what it's like to spend time in Antarctica conserving artefacts from the explorer's hut left behind by Ernest Shackleton in 1908.
The 'blog' is written by written by Robert Clendon, Amy Ng, Al Fastier, Natalie Cadenhead and Julian Bickersteth; and includes contributions from previous conservators Sarah Clayton, Nicola Dunn and Ainslie Greiner, who have now left Scott Base.
Amy, who also took many of the very good photos on the website, writes:
'It's great to have four new faces from the carpentry team joining us for the last leg of the 2006/07 Antarctic Heritage Trust Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project summer programme.
They are: Gordon McDonald and Charley Brentnall (carpenters). Gordon is based in Canada and Charley is from the UK; Steve Brown (carpenter, New Zealand); and James Blake, a university student studying environmental sciences at Bristol University, who is participating in the programme as a general hand to the conservation carpenters.
We will be camping at Cape Royds again. January will be an extremely busy month for all of us - the carpentry team will focus on conserving the structure of the hut and Robert and myself will concentrate on conserving a variety of artefacts including in-situ conservation of the cooking stove and acetylene lighting plant.'