2017 workplan

A  new year and lots of new plans will be made; some of them are compulsory and some are an addition to my research.

The NSC-DS is still going on and my focus is more on the German archives, libraries and companies to gather more logbooks for ACRE-Australasia.

The Deep South started the Constable Fund Round 2 and I will hand in a proposal to get research money for the Engagement and Impacts & Implications to include Humanities into this project to deepen the awareness of the complexity of weather, climate and historic events because this part is often underrepresented and needs more attention. The success seems slim but one has to try to know if there is something in for my research (never give up – never surrender).

I am also busy with book reviews, abstract writing for upcoming conferences, some articles for different journals, and my book. There are also some lectures in March (ANTA 102) and some public talks I have been invited to. For PCAS: I supervise a student on the topic of women in the Antarctic what will be an interesting approach and involves history and the presence.

A busy year is laying ahead.


Skuas  busy to get food (near Scott Base 2015)


PCAS and ANTA 101

Summer-school time : PCAS is running for the 19th time this year. I will not go down with this course because all tutors are willing to go – so there is no professional historian this time with the students. I gave my lectures last Monday in the Canterbury Museum and the content of my presentation was carried in the tour through the  Antarctic gallery by the curators Sarah Murray and Joanna Szczepanski. Next Friday 16 students and four tutors make their trip to Scott Base and then into the field.

Another course I am involved: ANTA 101. Their exam starts on 16th December and has to be finished at 18th December.

Another year has passed with lots of excitement of all sorts.

Christmas is almost here and I want to wish all a Merry Christmas.


Christmas in the Antarctic 2015 (Windless Bight) with PCAS (Postgraduate Certificate for Antarctic Studies) picture taken on Christmas Eve at 11pm

Public talks on the double

This week was a busy one. I gave two talks on Antarctica and my time as tutor for PCAS.

The first one was on Monday evening at the Rotary Club in Halswell. It was a nice location and the women are doing a great community work what I could learn during their meeting. Lots of questions came from the podium and three women even heard the talk already and  were still excited. The greatest compliment I got was from one woman: “That was interesting and I have the feeling I have been there after your presentation.”

The second one was on Wednesday evening at the Embroiderers Guild

The members are very talented and it was a great pleasure to see their work. I am a embroiderer, knitter, and quilter myself and so it was really interesting what can be done with threat and needle. My talk was then not only about my time as tutor in the Antarctic, I have shown the members also my work what was inspired by the Antarctic.

Thank you to all the clubs, societies and associations who invited me. It was all the time a great experience to learn about other activities which are going on here in Christchurch and also to share my passion for the Antarctic with them.


This is my new, unfinished, quilt. I learned the technique at the Christchurch Quilters Retreat at a two days class with  Sophie Wood


Scott Base, here I come – again…

Tomorrow is another departure to the Antarctic. At 8:30am is reporting time at Antarctica NZ and I hope all goes to plan. Another PCAS course is going down and I am the History Tutor this year again. I hope the Discovery hut is furnished again (not like last year, when all was under conservation work) so that the students get a better idea of the conditions 100 years ago.



History lecture in the Discovery Hut, Dec. 2014; courtesy: James Stone

I will also deliver my lecture on Antarctic History at Scott Base.

The 21 quilts (see previous note) for the exhibition are also ready to go and I hope many people at Scott Base will see them and that also people from McMurdo will come along and have a look and maybe participate at the viewer’s choice.

I will post more at Scott Base and hope it will be that exciting than last year’s event.