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This season's team, left to right, are Museum Assistants Kris Allan and  Josie Clark, SGHT Director SG Sarah Lurcock, and Curatorial Intern Suzanne Paterson
This season's team, left to right, are Museum Assistants Kris Allan and Josie Clark, SGHT Director SG Sarah Lurcock, and Curatorial Intern Suzanne Paterson



Sarah Lurcock
Sarah Lurcock
Sarah Lurcock is the SGHT Director, South Georgia. Sarah is responsible for overseeing all SGHT operations and staff on South Georgia including the operation, management and upkeep of the Museum. Sarah studied biology at university and has lived and worked on South Georgia, in various roles, for 20 years. In this time she has developed an in-depth knowledge of the island's heritage and natural history and been involved in a variety of projects including the refurbishment of the whaler's cemeteries and Grytviken church; fieldwork on plants and animals, and the translocation of reindeer to the Falkland Islands. Sarah has a particular interest in the social history of South Georgia and general history of the Antarctic region. She is employed part time and works on the island for eight months of the year and in the UK the rest of the time. If you would like further information about the Museum or South Georgia in general please email the director: Sarah Lurcock




Tom & Liz Adams
Tom & Liz Adams
Liz Adams is the buyer for the Museum gift shop and works primarily from England. Her main goal is to increase the profitability of the shop, and to make it an attractive gift shop for visitors to the island. Husband Tom volunteered at the Museum last season.








Suzanne Paterson
Suzanne Paterson
Suzanne Paterson is this season's Curatorial Intern at the South Georgia Museum for the 2013/14 season. Suzanne currently holds an MA (Hons) in History and American Studies, an MLitt in Early American History and has also completed a PgDip in Museum and Gallery Studies.

After graduating, Suzanne spent a year in Visitor Services at Wellcome Collection, engaging visitors with the wonderfully eclectic collection amassed by Sir Henry Wellcome. More recently, Suzanne has held a Front of House position at Dundee Heritage Trust’s Discovery Point, which is home to Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s historic ship, the RRS Discovery. Here she worked with the collections and visitors and was also able to develop her already keen interest in polar exploration. It is this avid interest that drew Suzanne to the Curatorial Intern position at the South Georgia Museum. Whilst in South Georgia, Suzanne is particularly excited to work with the museum’s collections - especially artefacts relating to Sir Ernest Shackleton, to engage with visitors, and to spend time exploring the island with her fancy new camera...


Kris Allan
Kris Allan
Josie Clark
Josie Clark
Kris Allan and Josie Clark are this season's Museum Assistants. Josie, born on the Isle of Wight in the South of England has spent the last year doing a variety of jobs with Kris from working in the Alps running a chalet, to working on remote crofts and farms in Scotland.

Wild and untamed places have always fascinated her so having the opportunity to work on South Georgia is a "dream come true". With her interest in wildlife she thinks she will find supporting the vital work carried out on the island important to her. "I'm looking forward to getting out among the penguins with my camera as I also love photography", she said, "I genuinely can't wait to see what the next 6 months will bring!" Kris is from bonnie Scotland, and has spent the last few years working as an outdoor instructor in the highlands of Perthshire. He enjoys being in the mountains and thinks that working in South Georgia is going to be a unique experience in a very special place. "I'm looking forward to meeting people who are on their own Antarctic adventures, be that by cruise ship, boat or other members of the South Georgia community" he said, "and I'm looking forward to getting involved in all aspects of South Georgia Heritage Trust life."


Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith
Anthony Smith is our Artist in Residence. He is a renowned sculptor and photographer. After completing a degree in Zoology he began a career as an artist, teaching himself the traditional techniques of the 19th century sculptors. He specialises in wildlife and human figure bronze sculptures and over the years has been fortunate enough to receive several big commissions, including a statue of Charles Darwin for Cambridge University, a new two pound coin for the Royal Mint, and a recently completed project; a seven-foot bronze statue of the great 19th naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, for the Natural History Museum of London, which wwas unveiled on the 7th of November. (www.anthonysmithart.co.uk).

Anthony has been fascinated by the history and wildlife South Georgia for many years and is very excited to assist with the fund-raising campaign for the rat eradication project, which sees having a great, positive impact on the future of the island. Alongside his role assisting at the Museum he will be devoting his free time to various art projects, as well as taking advantage of the fantastic photographic opportunities on the island (www.anthonysmithphotography.com).


Steve Massam
Steve Massam
Steve Massam is the Museum Taxidermist. Steve is based at the Falkland Islands Museum in Stanley and due to the big project there to move the Stanley museum he has not been able to visit South Georgia for a while. As well as taxidermy, Steve also plans to build a scale model of Grytviken. Steve is also involved in craft work at the Museum and he develops new pieces for the 'Made in South Georgia' collection. He is also responsible for training the team to make items for sale in gift shop.


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