Rodney Harrison from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL and it’s new research programme, Future Heritage (FH), have been in discussions with the Frozen Ark for over a year, regarding the conservation work of the Frozen Ark. In December 2015, UCL Postdoctoral Researcher Sefryn Penrose visited the Frozen Ark at their offices and lab space at the University of Nottingham.
The workshop in Stockholm was hosted by FH partner SKB, a Swedish Nuclear Waste management programme and was attended by representatives of other partnering organisations of the FH research programme, looking to develop understanding of different conservation practices across disciplines. SKB expressed strong support for the work of the Frozen Ark, and drew attention to the preservation work being undertaken on the site of SKB’s planned repository. In particular, they are focusing on an endangered frog, for which alternative habitats have been created. The frogs have voluntarily moved into these new habitats without encouragement.