Brooms and penguin toys heading to Antarctica

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The post office is surrounded by thousands of penguins and brooms are needed to keep it clean

Brooms to clean bird droppings, along with thousands of toy penguins, are among tonnes of items being shipped out to the UK’s most remote post office.

Each year, four scientists become postmasters, manning the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust’s post office at Port Lockroy in Antarctica for four months.

Items to stock the office for tourists, plus food and scientific equipment for the team have now been shipped out.

They include seven brooms, essential for cleaning guano – seabird droppings.

Port Lockroy, on Goudier Island, was home to explorers and whalers before becoming the first permanent British base to be established on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Built in 1944, it was used as a science base until 1962, when it closed permanently.

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A team of scientists will spend November to March – the Antarctic summer – manning the post office

Restoration began in the 1990s and since 2006 it has been managed as a post office and museum by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.

The island is deserted for most of the year but comes to life during the Antarctic summer when the trust’s four staff are shipped in and thousands of tourists begin arriving.

This year’s all-female postal team, whose names have not yet been released, will head out to the base in November and will also carry out scientific work, including monitoring penguins, before returning to the UK in March.

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