CONSERVATION

Scott of the Antarctic

The great British polar explorer, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, lead the ill-fated expedition party of five which aimed to be the first to reach the South Pole.

They reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912 only to find that they had been beaten by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. On their return journey Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion, hunger and extreme cold.

The expedition base associated with the race for the South Pole still stands in Antarctica.

Listed on the World Monuments Fund 2008 List of 100 Most Endangered Sites on Earth, the Antarctic Heritage Trust has a long-term heritage conservation project underway to ensure  the building is conserved for the benefit of future generations.

Work to conserve the site began in 2008 and is scheduled to be completed in 2013/14 (the anniversary of the expedition).

Glasgow Steel Nail Co has provided Cut Clasp and Rosehead Flatpoint nails to be used to secure the building fabric of the hut at Cape Evans.

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 The outside of the hut at Cape Evans

The interior of of the hut at Cape Evans

 

Pictures by kind permission of Antarctic Heritage Trust