Amazing 100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered Frozen In A Block Of Antarctica’s Ice

Imagine unlocking 100-year-old never-before-seen negatives?

Remarkably, conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust discovered 22 exposed and unprocessed negatives during the restoration of an old exploration hut.

Researchers believe their discovery hails from Ernest Shackleton’s 1914-1917 Ross Sea Party, a group who found themselves stranded in a hut during a dangerous blizzard.

The group was luckily rescued after their ship had been blown out to sea, however they left a box that has been buried beneath the elements, until now.

Wellington photography conservator processed and restored the historical photos giving us a rare glimpse into Antarctic adventures of the past.

Alexander Stevens on Aurora deck, chief scientist and geologist


Iceberg and land, Ross Island



Big Razorback Island, McMurdo Sound. It was most likely taken from the deck of the Aurora in January 1915



Alexander Stevens on the Aurora


Cellulose nitrate negatives were found blocked together, so Wellington photography conservator have spent many hours restoring them until they revealed their secrets.


If you liked these, make sure to check out a rare look inside the specimens collection at the National Museum of Natural History .

More info: New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust

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