Monday, January 16, 2023

UK Antarctic Heritage Trust to repaint iconic Damoy Hut

Historic Site and Monument No. 84 is better known as Damoy Hut, Antarctica’s only protected historic transit facility and skiway. As well as providing shelter and safe passage for scientists, more than 14,000 tourists stop by each season. Established in 1975, it's been looked after by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust since 2009, with the rooms inside effectively frozen in time from its working days. The hut has a fascinating history which you can read more about at the UKAHT page here and do watch the short video at the bottom of this post. 

Here's what they say about the conservation work they are currently undertaking:

"This season, we plan to restore the hut back to its original orange. This decision follows paint sampling by our conservation team in 2018 and research by paint scientist and conservator, Phillipa McDonnell, in 2019. The restoration of the original colour scheme will improve the legibility of the hut’s historic function as a transit centre, and provide a key hook for the improved interpretation of the site as a whole as well as protecting it from the elements.

"The work will be undertaken by a small field team of one field guide and two conservation carpenters experienced in conserving historic buildings. They will spend up to four weeks on site from mid-January, working around challenging weather to strip back the existing paint by hand, prime, and repaint the building. As with any UKAHT conservation work, the team will work to strict methodologies to ensure no contamination of the surrounding environment."



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