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Mike Dawson on the South Pole Expedition2005 Scott's 'Discovery' hut interior, Hut Point (013)2007 Provisions on shelves inside Shackleton's 'Nimrod' hutScott's 'Terra Nova' hut (001)

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Through our mission to conserve, share and encourage the spirit of exploration, Antarctic Heritage Trust cares for the remarkable expedition bases of the early Antarctic explorers and shares the legacy of exploration through outreach programmes and expeditions to engage and inspire a new generation of explorers.


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Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project (RSHRP)

A multi-year, multi-site international heritage conservation project to secure the five historic explorer bases of Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Carsten Borchgrevink and Sir Edmund Hillary, and conserve the thousands of artefacts associated with the sites.


Inspiring Explorers™ Programme

Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring Explorers Expeditions™ provide opportunities for young people to experience and challenge themselves in the polar regions. They connect young people with the legacy the Trust cares for and encourage them to embrace the spirit of exploration.

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Southern Food cache (009)2015-16 Ellifsen's bunk, Borchgrevink’s Living hut (004)Galley artefacts in Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut (009)2013-14 Sea ice gone from Winter Quarters Bay, McMurdo SoundSnow build-up on Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut (007)2019-20 Marcus King oil painting of New Zealand' High Country2018-19 McMurdo Station (001)Penguin carcasses and artefacts at Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut (002)Wardroom in Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut (001)Nigel Watson on the South Pole Expedition2008-09 'Terra Nova' hut, interior artefacts (177)2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, Cape Evans, exterior (006)2008-09 'Terra Nova' hut, camp (037)2010-11 Medicinal bottles on a shelf inside Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut conservation (161)2017-18 Scott's 'Discovery' hut, snow ingress (011)Showcasing the Recollect project (002)2004-05 Scott's 'Discovery' hut, interior (047)2007 K170 at Scott's 'Terra Nova' Hut - chemical bottles 2005 Snow build-up around the North wall of Shackleton's 'Nimrod' hut2017-18 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, conservators at work, AHT staff removing snowK170 Team at Cape Royds celebrating centenary2020-21 Shackleton's 'Nimrod' Hut, hut exterior (014)2006 Snow build-up, Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, Cape Evans (008)2008-09 'Terra Nova' hut, interior artefacts (385)Ross Sea Party negatives 2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, snow removal results (006)2019-20 Wool mittens at Shackleton's 'Nimrod' Hut2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, work task, snow removal (006)Corroded tin of 'Ideal' milk with coating applied, Scott's 'Discovery' Hut2005 Scott's 'Discovery' hut interior, Hut Point (004)2002 Scott's 'Discovery' hut building survey, interior (021)2018-19 Blubber stack inside Scott's 'Discovery' hut, Hut Point2003 K440 at Shackleton's 'Nimrod' hut, exterior - Corroded tins, South wall2003 K440 at Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, interior - Improvised wheelbarrow (001)2006 Building architectural location plan image, Wall 2, Cape Evans2008-09 'Terra Nova' hut, General exterior (086)2018-19 Latrine outside Shackleton's 'Nimrod' hut at Cape Royds2003 K440 at Borchgrevink’s Living hut - Interior, Galley shelves (010)2010-11 Deflection dam at Cape Royds2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, transporting equipment2010-11 Scott's 'Discovery' hut centenary plaque, Hut Point2010-11 Monitoring image of Observation Hill Cross, Observation Hill (017)2019-20 Baseline image - Display shelves, Radio room (Room 8), Hillary's TAE/IGY Hut (007)2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut conservation (214)2004-05 Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut conservation (007)2013-14 Meltwater behind Scott's 'Terra Nova' hut, Cape Evans (002)2013-14 Location image, artefacts in the Physical Laboratory, Scott's 'Discovery' hut, Hut Point (004)Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch (002)2010-11 Medical supplies inside Wilson and Evans' corner, Cape Evans (002)

Our Stories

Historic Medicine at Cape Evans

Jane Hamill, Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Lead Conservator, tells us about the return of Dr Wilson’s historic medical kit to Scott’s Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans.

Shackleton's Peas

Antarctic Heritage Trust Conservator Belinda Hager discusses the treatment of canned food tins from Shackleton’s hut at Cape Royds.

Artefacts Returned to Cape Evans

The team repatriated several items to Scott’s Terra Nova hut at Cape Evans this season including an improvised sledge distance meter wheel once owned by George Murray Levick.

2022-23 Summer Season Complete

The Trust’s On-Ice Conservation team spent seven weeks in Antarctica undertaking a comprehensive monitoring and maintenance programme on the historic Ross Island explorer bases

Cape Adare - First Impressions

Antarctic Heritage Trust's team arrive at Cape Adare for the first time since the field camp on site was completed during the 2019-20 summer season.

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