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The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) was established in 2005 to raise funds to support its two primary purposes:
SGHT is registered as a charity in Scotland, with a branch in Norway and representation in the USA. It has a board of eleven , who administer SGHT funds in pursuit of SGHT’s primary purposes. The main SGHT office is in Scotland, located within Dundee's industrial museum, Verdant Works.
The island of South Georgia is governed by the from its administrative base in Stanley, Falkland Islands. Government income comes primarily from two sources: the fishing industry (its major source of income) and from visitor landing fees. However, this income is limited and cannot possibly be expected to manage the range of challenges that confront South Georgia. Therefore, a charitable – and international – entity like SGHT is essential to ensure ongoing support to address these challenges.
SGHT seeks to enable projects that contribute to the conservation and protection of the island’s natural habitat. The groundbreaking will see the eradication of invasive rodents from South Georgia. Restoring the island’s habitat used by its threatened bird species for breeding will help to save South Georgia’s native birds from extinction and increase by millions the numbers of endangered seabirds that live there. Importantly, the Project will help to increase international awareness of South Georgia and its threatened species.
Preserving the rich historical heritage of South Georgia is a priority for SGHT, ensuring that artefacts from the island’s sealing and whaling industries are conserved to illustrate the lessons to be learned from this period of history. The Norwegian branch of SGHT has played a important role in raising funds and undertook the restoration of the whaling manager’s villa at Husvik, completing the work early in 2008. Scientists and expeditions now use the villa as a base for research and exploration of the island’s interior.
In addition, SGHT has played a pivotal role in preserving the heritage of connection with South Georgia. SGHT staff at South Georgia Museum maintain Shackleton’s grave, which is found in the cemetery next to the whaling station at Grytviken. A replica of the James Caird, the lifeboat used by Shackleton and five of his men to traverse the Southern Ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia, was purchased by SGHT and brought to the island, where it is now a much-visited exhibit in the new Carr Maritime Gallery at the .
Importantly, SGHT relies on your generous donations to continue its work to preserve the island’s past and to create a better future for South Georgia's wildlife. Join the donors who are helping to make this happen. Please today.
SGHT is not a membership organisation; however, you can also show your support for South Georgia by signing up to receive the and other updates. To join a membership organisation connected with South Georgia, visit the South Georgia Association website at www.southgeorgiaassociation.org.