ICS has had a long and major association with the conservation of the huts and contents of the sites from the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration (1899-1916).
Beginning with Carsten Borchgrevink's first winter in 1899 at Cape Adare and finishing with Shackleton's second expedition in 1917, there were five expeditions in total, with Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton each leading two.
The surviving huts house roughly 15,000 relics and comprise of an array of sledging gear, dog and pony tack, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, scientific equipment and, above all, a large number of canned and bottled foodstuffs.
ICS has been involved in assessing and cataloguing these collections since 1996, with regular visits to the huts. Between 2002-2004, ICS contributed to the Ross Sea Artefact Conservation Programme. Such a programme had never been undertaken before. It involved the planning and development of the long-term management, care, display and maintenance of the artefacts. In the winter of 2006, a six-year-long conservation project began.
Ross Sea hut’s Artefact Conservation Programme:
Overview The Petersham Horse Trough, made out of precast concrete, was erected in the 1930s by the Bills Trust. A dog trough is attached at ground level on the right side. A terrazzo plaque, situated prominently at the centre-front, reads ‘Donated by Annis and George Bills, Australia’. Around 700 troughs were installed throughout Australia by the Bills Trust in the...
Overview On Remembrance Day in 1926 this unique Honour Roll was first unveiled in the Rocky Hill War Memorial tower at Goulburn. Measuring a sizeable 4.8m x 3m, it is made of four Carrara marble panels with local sandstone surrounds...
Overview The Futurist Room is one of several themed ‘character lounges’ in Sydney’s State Theatre. It was designed by Henry E. White in the 1920s and presents an intriguing Jazz Age vision of the future. Murals on each wall depict angular panels in soft pastel colours bordered with gold leaf in the Art Deco style. Condition By the end of...