On Wednesday 21st October, Aysgarth was delighted to welcome Antonia Craster who kindly shared her experiences of her seven month expedition to catalogue and conserve artefacts from Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Scott’s Terra Nova Hut.
Antonia, aunt of Teddy and Roddy Cummins at Aysgarth, was part of an international team of conservators working as part of a partnership between the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Canterbury Museum, with funding from The Canterbury Community Trust. Initially she spent six months working on the reserve collection at Canterbury Museum in New Zealand and then during the winter months set off to work on the Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Ross Sea Heritage Restoration Project.
Philip Southall, assistant Headmaster, said:
“The boys thoroughly enjoyed hearing Antonia speak about her experiences in the Antarctic. She showed them some interesting slides from her experiences as well as giving them tips and knowledge of how to survive in the Antarctic. Something that Mr Clarkson Webb, who was in the audience, will have undoubtedly found useful ahead of his own adventure to the Antarctic! Good luck Mr CW!”