||Project Atlantis submitted its Discovery
House report to GSGSSI in March for consideration. The report
is substantial and covers not only research into the achievements
of the Discovery Scientists but also a condition survey of
the building, detailed proposals for building refurbishment
and a large section on the proposed content of the exhibition
The exhibition centre is planned to celebrate the significant
achievements of the Discovery Scientists during their 30 years
of research. The centre is also planned to exhibit today's fisheries
research and management. The latest interactive technologies are
planned to be used and include a bathymetric model of the currents
of the Southern Oceans and thus the inter-relationship of South
Georgia to Antarctica. An audio-visual theatre is also planned.
The Post Office is also due to be moved into the building.
Clearly the timing is not ideal with GSGSSI's focus and resources
being committed to the urgent need to clean up the hazardous materials
in the Grytviken Whaling station. It is hoped however to at least
continue progress this year with the development of some of the
interactive software needed for the exhibition centre.
Grytviken Whaling Station
The situation concerning hazardous materials in Grytviken Whaling
Station is now acute and the GSGSSI are having to tackle the problem
head on. A team from Morrison International, the construction
firm, have done a preliminary investigation of the work involved
. They are due to produce a report with detailed costing to the
GSGSSI by the end of May with a view for the first stage of work
to clean up the site being under taken this next austral summer.
Two Norwegians accompanied the Morrison team in order to write
a report for the Norwegian Government to seek some support for
GSGSSI. Their proposal is to make the site safe with as little
disturbance to the industrial archaeology as possible.
Project Atlantis was commissioned to provide three artist impressions
of what the site might look like after a clean up. The first impression
is for the site to be cleared. The second impression is for some
of the large equipments on the production line to be left and
for the three sealing vessels (Petrel, Albatross and Dias) to
be hauled ashore. The third impression is for the production line
to be left in place some building frames to be left, the vessels
to be ashore, a large jetty to be reconstructed, a hydroelectric
plant to be installed and for a small annex to the museum to be
built to explain the workings of the whaling station.
Paris and Oslo South Georgia Meetings
A series of meetings were held in Paris and Oslo in early April
to discuss how additional help could be found to support GSGSSI
in its task of the Grytviken clean up. Institut Minos in Paris
is already helping as its benefactor Frederik Paulsen has employed
a Norwegian Stig Tore Lunde for two and half years to help with
the saving South Georgia's heritage.
The Paris meeting with Institut Minos, the Commissioner GSGSSI
and Project Atlantis investigated ways in which additional resources
could be raised from perhaps Brussels and other options for assistance.
The idea of a South Georgia Heritage Foundation was also discussed
as an idea of providing a focus for fund raising.
In Oslo a meeting in the British Embassy convened by the Commissioner
with Stig Tore Lunde and Project Atlantis in support invited a
wide range of representatives to discuss how additional finance
could be raised for GSGSSI. Members of the Norwegian Government,
the Mayor of Sandefjord and a representative of the Friends of
the Island together with two commercial firms were present. The
outcome of the meeting was very positive and support for an Anglo/Norwegian/US
South Georgia Heritage Foundation was underlined.
South Georgia Museum News
Over the past twelve months the museum has continued to develop
and now all areas on the ground floor are full of interesting
exhibits covering South Georgia's natural and social history.
A newly opened room is dedicated to the History of Administration,
beginning in 1908 and including the events of 1982 and the subsequent
19 years of military presence, right up to the latest
Government of South Georgia initiatives. Some of the memorabilia
from the old barracks building, Shackleton House, is on display.
The Whalers' Trades Rooms, also opened
this summer, show the self-sufficiency of the whaling stations.
There are exhibits on the blacksmith's workshop, the foundry,
the carpenter's bench, the
machine shop, the plating and welders shop, and others.
With the future of the whaling station itself in doubt,
as buildings become unsafe, it is all the more important
that the museum conserves some of these historic items.
have been built for geological samples and for marinelife
exhibits such as corals, sponges, bryzoans and hydroids.
That wraps up the news
and events for Spring 2003, but keep an eye out for our next update.