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Antarctic goes global with new blog

11 May 2006

Experience the Antarctic from your desktop with the Natural History Museum's new Antarctic heritage and conservation website.

The website features a blog with regular postings from conservators who are spending the Antarctic winter preserving Ernest Shackleton's hut. They will be updating the blog with their stories and pictures to raise awareness of this important preservation project.

The team of conservators, Sarah Clayton, Nicola Dunn and Ainslie Greiner, will be living for seven months in the harshest conditions the world has to offer, including hurricane-force winds, 24-hour darkness and temperatures that reach minus 47 degrees Celcius at night. You can follow their daily challenges through the team's Antarctic conservation blog.

The website highlights the history of scientifc research in the Antarctic that began in the early years of the last century when explorers were racing to reach the South Pole.

'These huts of Antarctic explorers are the physical remnants of the genesis of science in Antarctica,' said Sharon Ament, Director of Public Engagement at the Museum 

'With the UNESCO International Polar Year just around the corner (2007) and images of melting glaciers fresh in our minds, the need to understand and value the international scientific effort that is undertaken in Antarctica is imperative.'

'We in the UK should be proud to have played such an important role in polar research and the Huts at Cape Royds and Evans belong to the astounding history of excellence of British science.'

The Museum holds specimens collected on the famous Antarctic expeditions which form part of a collection used by scientists today to research some of the major issues facing the world, from climate change to the origin of the solar system.

This project is in partnership with the Antarctic Heritage Trust .