UK Antarctic Heritage Trust
In 2016 the Trust asked us to provide conservation advice for Base Y on Horseshoe Island, Antarctica, and to provide a Conservation Management Plan (CMP).
Built in 1955, the huts were pre-fabricated, shipped out and erected by the team of scientists and geologists posted to set up weather stations in strategic locations in Antarctica. We provided a scope of work for a specialist expedition team to carry out emergency repairs and to gather site information and establish the condition of the huts and their contents, to enable the scope and specification to be drawn up for their conservation.
The CMP is based on research from original drawings and reports at British Antarctic Survey archive in Cambridge. We worked with the BRE to scope the sampling of materials to assess their deterioration in the harsh climate, with Crick Smith of the University of Lincoln to scope the sampling for paint analysis, and with Emma Chaplin to advise on the conservation of the artefacts.