Merid’s Ladies Club talk




Human footprint in the Antarctic


The ladies at the Merid’s Ladies Club invited me again to talk about my quilting and the quilt exhibition at Scott Base in 2015/16 when I was down with the PCAS course. The ladies were very interested and had many questions about the Antarctic even when I gave a talk at this club half a year ago on that topic. It was great to see that my presentation left an impression on them and was still a matter of interest. It was a great feeling to see them so enthusiastic about the quilts and the Antarctic.



Nature – Antarctic



Winston Churchill Fellowship

I did it again: I submitted an application for the Winston Churchill Fellowship. It was yesterday a bit a struggle with the online form but I did it. After weeks of hard work, as always,  lots of thinking and communicating I had the ideas sorted and could submit. Tomorrow is the deadline for the Fellowship. At the end of October, or beginning of November, the lucky ones will be announced. So fingers’ crossed that I will be amongst them. If I should get awarded, I will tell more about it and what the next steps are.

Portrait of Winston Churchill. (taken from the webpage)

Two new publications online

The book review on “Deutsche in der Antarktis: Expeditionen und Forschungen vom Kaiserreich bis heute” by Cornelia Luedecke and the report on the “Historic Antarctic Sealing Industry Conference” which was held in Cambridge in September last year are now published in The Polar Journal, 7:1 92017). The review is located on pages 244-247 and the report on pages 253-255. Last time when I put in the Doi it was blocked by the publisher. I hope you can find it when you look after it.


Greetings from a Weddell seal – at my first trip to the Antarctic 2014/2015 with PCAS


Mentor for APECS seminar

The organisers of the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart invited me as mentor to encourage young researcher to apply for a COMNAP or SCAR research fellowship. I have been the first history/humanities researcher who received a COMNAP research fellowship in 2012.


I am in the very middle at the table – as mentor for the APECS seminar at the HASSEG workshop in Hobart (4 July 2017)

HASSEG Conference in Hobart

The HASSEG workshop started with an APECS workshop on 4 July in Hobart. I have been invited to act as mentor for one of the sessions: applying for research funding for the COMNAP Research Fellowship. In this group we were 3 mentors: Alan Hemmings who is reviewing applications, one successful SCAR applicant and me. The discussion was good and the interested young researcher will be – hopefully – one of the successful applicants for the future.  The COMNAP fellowship was a great starting point for me personally what lead into the work I am doing now for the NSC-DS.


Lighthouse logbooks with important weather information for the NSC-DS project.

Another week in the archives

It is great to work in these archives here. I could lots achieve here and the people are so nice and helpful. I learned a lot this week and I am glad that I could find lots of material for the project (NSC-DS). Lighthouse logbooks are fascinating – and there are so many different kinds of it. That is all very informative. I like it.



One example of the many pages I viewed and imaged

The imaging of the pages is sometimes a bit tricky (format is unusual to our paper formats today) but it works – takes only a bit more time.

It is great to be here!