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13 - Understanding Antarctica

Conserving the past

The United Kingdom and New Zealand Heritage Trusts work to conserve historic Antarctic buildings and artefacts.

The UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) manages the heritage sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand manages heritage sites at Cape Adare and the Ross Island.

Despite the dry cold environment the huts and their contents deteriorate and need a programme of conservation.



The huts managed by the UKAHT

Visitors to Port LockroyPort Lockroy »DamoyDamoy »Visitors to Port Lockroy © British Antarctic SurveyDetaille »

WordieWordie »Horseshoe BayHorseshoe Bay »StoningtonStonington »

Click on the huts to find out more about the conservation management of the historic sites.

The huts managed by AHT

Cape AdareCape Adare »Hut PointHut Point »

Cape RoydsCape Royds »Cape EvansCape Evans »

Inside Scott's HutClick on the huts to find out more about the conservation management of the historic sites.

'Once lost they are lost for ever. These historic buildings stand as the last vestiges of this period, and bear testament not only to the endurance and courage of the explorers and the hardships they experienced, but to the minutia of their everyday experience.'


Choose one of the historic sites and design a booklet, 'Why save the huts?', which could be used by tourists visiting Antarctica and also to raise funds to help conserve the huts and artefacts.

Your booklet should include:

  • Where the hut is - download a blank map
  • Information about the trust which manages the conservation and preservation of the hut
  • When the hut was built and what it has been used for
  • Why it should be conserved
  • Rules for people visiting the site

Use these websites to help you to further:


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