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Sarah Lurcock, SGHT Director, South Georgia
Sarah Lurcock, SGHT Director, South Georgia

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, Museum buyer and volunteer
Tom & Liz Adams, Museum buyer and volunteer

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 also volunteered at the Museum one summer.









Matthew Moran, Curator
Matthew Moran, Curator

Curator Matthew Moran Matthew is the Curatorial Intern at the South Georgia Museum for the 2015/16 season. Matthew studied at The University of St Andrews, gaining his first degree in Ancient History before going on to complete a Master’s in Museum and Gallery Studies in 2014. After university he was Museum Assistant at the Museum of Farnham in Surrey, where he learnt about how to look after a historic house and developed his skills looking after museum collections. Matthew is delighted to have been given the opportunity to learn more about museum work while at the same time going on a ‘proper adventure’, and looks forward to exploring the industrial and social history of South Georgia.







Danielle Mates, Museum Assistant
Danielle Mates, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Danielle Mates Danielle first experienced the Antarctic region three years ago when she visited Antarctica during a year-long world travel adventure. She is normally based in Melbourne, Australia, but the desire to return to the Antarctic led her to become a guide on an expedition ship for two years. Even after returning to her career as an Outdoor Education and English high school teacher, her head and heart remained with the penguins, birds, seals and ice.

Danielle is very excited to have the opportunity to spend six months on South Georgia where she will be able to see the island change with the seasons, learn more of the incredible history, flora and fauna, and the issues affecting the environment, as well as getting to know the penguin seal and bird ‘locals’.






Sharon Nichols, Museum Assistant
Sharon Nichols, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Sharon Nichols Sharon has visited South Georgia several times during the last two seasons working as a sea kayak and general guide on the visiting cruise ships. At home in New Zealand she teaches Outdoor Adventure to next generation of instructors. She loves South Georgia and is excited to be able to spend a whole summer here instead of just passing through for a few days.







Lucy Hirschle, Volunteer Fundraiser
Lucy Hirschle, Volunteer Fundraiser

Volunteer Fundraiser Lucy Hirschle Lucy will be based with the team at the museum in Grytviken for three months working as the SGHT Volunteer Fundraiser. Normally based in the UK, she is taking a break from a job in marine biology to take on this opportunity to live and work in South Georgia, gaining new skills and experiences. The few months spent on the Island will be the perfect start to a year of travelling and volunteering around the world that Lucy Is currently planning. As a marine biologist Lucy has a particular interest in the islands ecology and is excited about immersing herself in the history of exploration in the area and seeing the progress of the Habitat Restoration Project. She will be helping to raise funds for the monitoring phase of the SGHT’s huge Habitat Restoration (rodent eradication) Project and for SGHT’s future human heritage projects.





Jamie Grant, Artist In Residence.
Jamie Grant, Artist In Residence.

Artist In Residence Jamie Grant Photographer Jamie Grant will be SGHT’s Artist in Residence on South Georgia. Jamie has been passionate about photography ever since his father took him on long hikes with a camera on the west coast of Scotland. After completing and MA in Latin American Studies in London he won the John Brooks Travel Award for an essay on Patagonia and worked in South America as a photojournalist. Since returning to Scotland the majority of his commissioned work has been with NGOs, including the Scottish Refugee Council, WWF, John Muir Trust, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Mercy Corps. Jamie has published a book of photography on Dartmoor in Devon and Glen Lyon in the Scottish Highlands. ‘Winter in Glen Lyon’ was voted runner up for Scotland's favourite photo nature book in 2014. Watermill Books ([1]) is working with Jamie to publish an account of his time in South Georgia in September 2016. Jamie often combines writing with his photography and a selection of his work can be seen at [2]




Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam is the Museum Taxidermist. Steve is based in the Falkland Islands and due to commitments at the Falkland Islands Museum has not been able to visit South Georgia for a while. As well as taxidermy, Steve is a talented sculptor. He assists with the training of the museum staff to make the Made in South Georgia craft range of goods which are made for sale in the gift shop. He is also developing new designs for this range.









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