Our mission: The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust works to conserve Antarctic buildings and artefacts, and to promote and encourage the public's interest in its Antarctic heritage.
The men at Port Lockroy took it in turns to be on 'cook' duty for a week at a time. Many of them having never cooked before in their lives found themselves having to cook for up to 5 others.
A fairly heavy snowfall with much of Bransfield House buried. The Gentoo penguins breeding is affected by snow cover. They nest on exposed rocks and use small pebbles to build a shallow nest.
Port Lockroy is a 'living museum' carefully and sympathetically restored to its original 1940s condition. Even down to the long johns hanging over the stove in the kitchen.
Wireless telegraphy by Morse code was used for routine communication and was the only form of communication with the outside world. Each month, the men could send a 100 word message home and receive 200.
Port Lockroy, a Historic Site, is operated as a museum and cared for by the UKAHT. It is open to visitors on Antarctic expedition vessels each Austral summer between November and March.
The workshop at Bransfield House. All British huts in Antarctica during the 1940s and 1950s were pre-fabricated structures made in Britain and then shipped in pieces ready to be constructed on site.
Port Lockroy operates the most southerly publicly accessible post office in Antarctica. Each season 80,000 items are processed and hand-cancelled by the staff on base.
Water was rationed as the melting of snow and ice was a time consuming task particularly during summer when snow cover was at a minimum.
The men on base had plenty of canned and dried foods to cook with. Many of the 'brands' that were supplied then such as Marmite and Lyle's golden syrup are still found in most British homes.
This original memo from Base A to the headquarters put in a request for some 'special provisions' to be supplied. 'Usual irreproachable discretion appreciated'
A small corner in the lounge, this bar would have been stocked with gin, whisky, port,tobacco and cigarettes. Base members were given a weekly ration which many saved up for a Saturday night party!
Each summer, UKAHT staff, carry out annual maintenance works at Bransfield House to protect the historic buildings from the harsh Antarctic conditions that they are exposed to each winter.
The hut was in a bad state of decay by the time it was designated a historic site. In 1996 a team of 4 spent 2 months living in the hut and carefully and sympathetically bringing it back to life.
When the base was operational it was supplied with a varied selection of gramophone records. The cold and dark winter evenings were made much more enjoyable with these small touches from home.
A colourful selection of wash products on display in the tiny bathroom shared by the scientists that lived and worked at Port Lockroy in the 1950s.
'Slow but Sure Combustion' - this wonderful coal burning stove was found at Port Lockroy when the hut was restored in 1996. Ironically, despite the motto, this stove was not very effective!
The Antarctic Ski Club was founded at Port Lockroy in 1957 and it was an exlcusive members-only club among the men at Port Lockroy with its own set of rules. Members wore their own ski club patch!
The Illustrated London News,1957, in the museum at Port Lockroy.
Newspapers, magazines and any others news from home was a welcome treat to the men who wintered in isolation in Antarctica.