Letter from Lockroy - August 2008

Preparations are well underway for the new season. Let’s hope the Antarctic summer will be a lot better than the one we have had in Britain. Last season’s debrief was held in the Lake District and we were lucky enough to see a few previous Port Lockroy staff - Jo Hardy and Sue Dowling. We recruited our new staff in April and this season we will be a team of four. So welcome to the new team. Rick Atkinson (team leader) assisted by Nikki Rickett, Judith Black, and Laura Ling. All three new staff have visited Port Lockroy in the past. In May, Rick headed off to the annual IAATO meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay. Since then he has spent time on the ships around Svalbard.
In our efforts to constantly improve the Museum and staff living, we are planning to reconstruct the old Nissen Hut which fell into disrepair some years ago. Inside the shell will be modern, snug, clean, and safe accommodation. Our new operations manager, Tudor has spent much of his time on this project and subject to logistical constraints should be underway this season.

All the Port Lockroy team with Philippa Foster Back, Tudor and Rachel Morgan

Our new book Southern Horizons written by Robert Burton is now complete along with our very own Port Lockroy Calendar. These are available from the Trust (see shop on this website) as well as at Port Lockroy. Like the book , with financial assistance from the FCO we have commissioned Rockhopper productions to make an information DVD for ships to show passengers before landing at Port Lockroy.

In mid August we had our briefing and training session at Kingcoed Farm. Alan Carroll (Port Lockroy base leader 1955-57 and now Polar Medal) joined us for an evening, putting Port Lockroy into historical perspective. Merv Fleming ran a first aid training course, and Chairman of the Trust, Philippa Foster Back joined us for another night and day helping the new staff to understand Port Lockroy and the wider picture of UKAHT and Antarctic Heritage.

First aid training

Tog 24 once again came up trumps with provision of clothing. There was much trying on and discussions of what to take from music to books, familiarisation with all the merchandise and how to get there. And again Hurtigruten has kindly agreed to take our goods South, this year on the Fram from Cork in Ireland on its cruise south.

We aim to keep weekly updates posted on this site when the season gets going. Port Lockroy should be open from 10th November... weather, ice, ships permitting. Watch this space.

Tudor Morgan, 30th August 2008