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This season's team, left to right, are Museum Assistants Rachel Morris and Sheri Bluestein, SGHT Director SG Sarah Lurcock and Curatorial Intern Deirdre Mitchell
This season's team, left to right, are Museum Assistants Rachel Morris and Sheri Bluestein, SGHT Director SG Sarah Lurcock and Curatorial Intern Deirdre Mitchell



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.








Deirdre Mitchell
Deirdre Mitchell
Deirdre Mitchell is the Curatorial Intern at the South Georgia Museum for the 2014/15 season. Deirdre has a MA (Hons) in Scottish History and an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. Following her Masters she spent a year as part of the Collections team at the Museum of the University of St Andrews, where she enjoyed co-curating an exhibition of contemporary Scottish art and learning about Collections Care and Management.

After 6 years in St Andrews, Deirdre decided it was time for a bit of an adventure and applied for the Curatorial Intern role at the South Georgia Museum. Whilst here, she is looking forward to gaining more experience working with collections and developing displays. She is also very passionate about preventative conservation and is excited about implementing the museum’s Integrated Pest Management system during the season! Deirdre has already enjoyed exploring the whaling station and is looking forward to sharing it with this season’s visitors.



Rachel Morris
Rachel Morris
Rachel Morris Rachel has worked in the aviation industry for 12 years, most recently as a freelance magazine writer covering stories on historic aircraft types like Spitfires and modern military jets like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and Typhoon. In 2013 she fulfilled a dream by joining a cruise ship to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Determined to return she began applying for jobs in the region and is delighted to have six months to immerse herself in Grytviken’s history.








Sheri Bluestein
Sheri Bluestein
Sheri Bluestein Sheri joins us from the United States Antarctic Program, where she worked for 8 summer seasons at McMurdo Station in logistics and IT support. Between Antarctic seasons, she worked as a tour guide in Alaska, leading groups on van-supported hiking and camping trips.

Although she is American and Dutch, Sheri has chosen to make her home in a restored stone cow barn in the Pyrenees of France. She is thrilled to finally have the opportunity to experience the "banana belt" of the Antarctic.







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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