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The International Polar Heritage Committee (IPHC) is an international scientific committee within the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).


This site is provided by the International Polar Heritage Committee as a resource of information on matters related to the human heritage of Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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What is polar heritage?

There are a vast number of sites in the polar regions of both the Arctic and Antarctica which contain valuable information about the human heritage of these regions.

The sites take many forms such as ;

  • Structures such as the buildings that formed the bases for the “heroic era” explorers of Antarctica and the huts of trappers in Arctic areas.

  • The remains of factories, machinery and equipment from the whaling and sealing eras.

  • Depots of food and other supplies left by early explorers.

  • Historic crosses, graves and other memorials which mark the sites of historic events.

The IPHC is a scientific committee of ICOMOS, the International Council on Monuments and Sites / Conseil International des Monuments et des Sites

Our aim is make this web site as comprehensive and accurate as possible with regular updates of news so we suggest you check the site often.
If you have information or suggestions which you would like us to include please contact us.

ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee
Phone: +44 01223 336564

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