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Conserving Captain Scott's legacy

30 March 2012

Institute alumna, Gretel Evans

Institute alumna Gretel Evans is now working in Antarctica with the Antarctic Heritage Trust, conserving material left by the early historic Antarctic explorers.

Gretel is currently working on the conservation of material from Captain Scott's hut at Cape Evans. The project, which features on the Natural History Museum's NaturePlus blog, is run by the Antarctic Heritage Trust, a New Zealand based charity which also has representation in the UK, from Scott Base on Ross Island. Read the project blog entries for news of helicopter rides to see Shackleton's and Scott's huts, hanging down ice crevasses, camping in -20 deg C and worse!

On 29 March, 100 years ago, Captain Scott made the last entry in his diary before succumbing to the cold and exhaustion. The project team marked the occasion with a commemorative dinner at Scott Base, Antarctica, decking their lounge out in the manner of Scott's hut.

Photo of Scott's 43rd birthday dinner taken in his hut at Cape Evans, Antarctica
Project commemorative photo of Scott's birthday dinner

Gretel who undertook her BA in Archaeology at the Institute from 1989-1992 developed an interest in conservation while working as a Research Assistant in the then IoA Conservation and Museum Studies Department. Following postgraduate study in conservation at Durham, Gretel then worked at the National Museums of Scotland, AOC Archaeology as well as Glasgow Museum's Riverside Project prior to her move to the South Pole.