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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.









Lorna Weir, Curator
Lorna Weir, Curator

Curator Lorna Weir Lorna studied History at the University of Dundee, and graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2015 with a Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies. Since then she has been working for the McManus Galleries in Dundee, and the Museum of the University of St Andrews, and volunteering for Perth Museum and Art Gallery, building up her experience of both working with the public and with collections themselves. A very keen traveller, Lorna is extremely excited to be exploring this new part of the world, and to be learning about the varied history of South Georgia whilst experiencing the island for herself.







Danielle Mates, Museum Assistant
Danielle Mates, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Danielle Mates Danielle first experienced the Antarctic region four 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 returning for her second season on South Georgia, once was not enough!








Jo_Hardy, Museum Assistant
Jo_Hardy, Museum Assistant
Museum Assistant Jo Hardy Jo originally qualified as a Nurse but then started working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and spent many seasons South with both BAS and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) as support staff. She loves the Polar Regions for all the wildlife, mountains, snow and ice and is very excited to be spending a season on South Georgia. Home is in Cumbria, UK, but she loves to spend time skiing in the Alps when she can. Felt and design is another passion and she hopes to use inspiration from South Georgia in her future art work.









Vickie Heaney, Volunteer Fundraising Assistant
Vickie Heaney, Volunteer Fundraising Assistant
Volunteer Fundraising Assistant Vickie Heaney Vickie will be based with the team at the museum in Grytviken for three months working as the SGHT Volunteer Fundraiser. Normally based on the Isles of Scilly in the UK, Vickie is an Artist and Ornithologist – sketching and printing the seabirds she studies. Having worked towards the successful eradication of rats from the island of St Agnes in Scilly, she is very excited to be involved in supporting the ground-breaking rodent eradication from South Georgia. Vickie has also worked on Antarctic cruise ships as an on-board Ornithologist and Guide. She is looking forward to this opportunity to return South to live and work in South Georgia, gaining new skills and experiences. Vickie 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.




Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam, Museum Taxidermist
Steve Massam is the Museum Taxidermist. Steve is based in the Falkland Islands but will once again come to work at the South Georgia Museum early in the 2016-17 season as both taxidermist and Artist in Residence; as well as taxidermy, Steve is a talented sculptor.

He also 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 an is developing new designs for this range.









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