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Dr Bryan Lintott

Dr Bryan Lintott

Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute. Historian and social scientist.

Bryan Lintott's research focuses on how sites, structures and artefacts located in extreme environments beyond national boundaries, and ascribed heritage significance, are governed, managed, conserved and utilised. He has a specific interest in how the Antarctic Treaty System has incorporated heritage, a potentially divisive activity, within the Antarctic Treaty, a peace treaty. His research includes human heritage in Space, on the Moon, planets and asteroids. He is also engaged, academically and professionally, in developing methods and techniques to reduce the risks, through natural forces and human agency, to heritage.


Qualifications and training

  • PhD. Scott's and Shackleton's Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations. University of Canterbury;
  • Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies (Distinction), University of Canterbury;
  • BA. Art History and Drama, University of Canterbury;
  • The Seminar for Historical Administration [now 'The History Leadership Institute']. United States of America. 2004;
  • He Kahui Kakakura Museums with Vision, Strategic Leadership Programme.
    Victoria University and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. 2002;
  • New Zealand Winston Churchill Fellow; United States, United Kingdom and France, Conservation and interpretation techniques for high-usage heritage buildings and sites. 2001;
  • Museum Design Management. The British Council, London. 1998;
  • Bespoke and in-house training on building conservation, interpretation and heritage management. The Arts Centre of Christchurch. 1997–2000.


Bryan has been researching the events and values associated with the commemoration of the Ross Sea party related to Shackleton's epitaph, placed in Antarctica, and the subsequent relocation of this to the United Kingdom. He is now producing a history of the Scott Polar Research Institute's museum collection of radio-echo sounding equipment. This will focus on its development, deployment and research outputs from the early-1960s until the mid-1980s. These two projects are realted to his research on Antarctic heritage:
in-situ or ex-situ.



  • Lintott, B. 2019. [in preparation] Commemorating the Ross Sea Party: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations.
  • Lintott, B. 2018. Antarctica: Human Heritage on the Continent of Peace and Science. ICOMOS: Proceedings of the 2017 ICOMOS General Assembly. New Delhi: ICOMOS India.
  • Lintott, B. 2016. Antarctica and Apollo: Heritage Horizons. ICOMOS: Proceedings of the 2014 ICOMOS General Assembly. Rome: ICOMOS Italy.
  • Lintott, B. 2012. The Christchurch Earthquakes, 2010...: Reinforcing the relationships between Cultural Heritage Advocates and Government, Responders, Building Owners and the Community. Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Risk: Challenges and Opportunities. Istanbul: Yildiz Technical University.
  • Lintott, B. 2005. America's Hard Heritage. Te Ara: Journal of Museums Aotearoa. Wellington: Museums Aotearoa.


  • Nobes, D. B. Lintott. 2000. Rutherford's "Old Tin Shed": mapping the foundations of a Victorian-age lecture hall. Proceedings of the International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 4084, p. 887-892. DOI 10.1117/12.383534.

Articles, editing …

  • Lintott, B. 2016. Centenary service of thanksgiving for the courage and endurance of Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO and his men. Westminster Abbey, London. Coordination of commemorative publication.
  • Lintott, B. 2014. The Antarctic Treaty System and the Environmental Protocol: responding to the challenges posed by climate change to Antarctica's human heritage. The Future of Polar Heritage. Environmental challenges in the face of climate change: detection and response. Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark and ICOMOS: IPHC.
  • Lintott, B. 2012. Captain Robert Falcon Scott CVO Royal Navy, 1868–1912. Association of Royal Navy Officers (ARNO) Annual Yearbook. London: ARNO.
  • Lintott, B. 2012. Exploration, Sacrifice and Heroism. Scott Centenary Commemorative Service, 1912–2012. St Paul's Cathedral, London. Coordination of commemorative publication and lead article.
  • Lintott, B. 2011. The British Graham Land Expedition, 1934–37. Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • Warren, Sir Miles. B. Lintott & P. Reed. 1998. The Arts Centre of Christchurch: Stonework Survey and Report. Christchurch, NZ: Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust.


In 2016, Bryan convened the first conference on the Historical Antarctic Sealing Industry. This multi-disciplinary conference, with over forty participants from ten nations, examined this topic in terms of archival resources, archaeology, seal conservation, heritage site management, museum collections, history and international relations.

Headland, R.K. Editor. 2018. Historical Antarctic Sealing Industry. Cambridge: Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

He has presented his research at several international polar conferences.


The Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute

Bryan was a member of the team that re-developed the Polar Museum for its reopening in 2010. This project was an Arts Fund Award Museum of the Year finalist. Polar Museum temporary exhibitions:

  • The year that made Antarctica: people, politics & the International Geophysical Year. 2017. Co-curator;
  • Operation Deepfreeze I [art]. 2016. Curator;
  • By Endurance we conquer: Shackleton and his Men. Curator. 2016.
    This exhibition was also displayed in Ireland, the Falkland Islands and Chile;
  • Shackleton: Life and Leadership. 2014. Curator;
  • Frozen Worlds: from the Polar Regions to the ice moons of Jupiter. 2013. Co-curator;
  • Robert Falcon Scott, a century on. 2012. Curator;
  • Amundsen. 2011. Curator;
  • The British Graham Land Expedition, 1934–37. 2011. Co-curator.

The Arts Centre of Christchurch. Gothic Revival site, formerly the University of Canterbury.
The 'Canterbury Tales' and 'Building of the Month'

These displays utilised his research as the Christchurch Arts Centre's Heritage Curator. This research informed conservation projects and outreach events, e.g. the archaeological search for the remains of Rutherford's "Old Tin Shed"– the corrugated iron building with laboratories and lecture theatre in which he studied for his first degrees.

The 'Canterbury Tales' highlighted aspects of the site's history as the University of Canterbury and then as the Christchurch Arts Centre, and ranged from technology and art to philosophy and social history: Karl Popper, Philosopher in Exile; Ern and Bicky, Ernest Lord Rutherford and his Chemistry Professor; ANZAC troops from Canterbury College, the Great Hall Memorial Window; Once oore onto the Stage. A Century, plus, of Shakespeare; The Arts Centre Clock; The Townsend Telescope and Observatory; Hurst Seager and the Quadrangles; ECHO, Neil Dawson's first aerial sculpture; Maurice Till, Classical Pianist; Helen Holmes, Arts Centre founder; 'A Head of Steam', Engineer Robert Julian Scott; Canta, student news and views; Elric Hooper, Court Theatre's Artistic Director; Conservation Information: Pictures, Plans and Puzzles; Set in Stone, Conservation and Reinstatement; Doug Caldwell, Jazz Pianist; Old Chemistry, the 1914 photograph album of Sammy Page; Professor Bickerton, Colonial Chemist; Helen Connon: Scholar and Headmistress; Bill Sutton: Canterbury Artist.

The 'Building of the Month' focussed on architectural history: The Gymnasium, The Library, The Clock Tower, The Great Hall, The Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Old Chemistry, The Old Art School, The Biological Laboratory and Observatory, Electrical Engineering, Old Registry, Student Union, Old Boys' High School.

The 1953 Air Race

The 1953 Air Race, from London to Christchurch, New Zealand was the first time that humans flew across the globe in less than 24 hours. The Royal Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (KLM) and British European Airways demonstrated the technology that today spans our world. This major exhibition, in Christchurch, ranged from the technical and operational aspects of the Air Race to its social impacts. In 2013, the exhibition was displayed at Ferrymead Heritage Park.


External affiliations

  • International Council on Monuments and Sites, International Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICOMOS: ICORP), Expert member;
  • International Council on Monuments and Sites, International Polar Heritage Committee (ICOMOS: IPHC), Secretary-General;
  • The Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, University of Cambridge (CHRC), Partner.