Thanks to Mr Tony Blake, Hawk's Nest Shanty is now under the care of the Falkland Islands National Trust. We are quite excited by this generous donation which includes the horse paddock that this delightful little building sits on.
Residents on West Falklands are keen to help us renovate and look after it and thanks to Mr Tom Blake of RBC, the Shanty now has a track leading from the main road to the gate meaning it is now much more easily accessible.
After the work the Shanty needs is completed, we plan to use the site as a 'base' on West Falklands for the Past Finders youth group to use. This is also an ideal chance for them to use the Shanty and experience staying in it.
Keep checking for updates on the Shanty!
The Shanty was in dire need of some renovation work, which until recently was unable to be carried out. In March, a small team from the museum took a trip to the West, accompanied by Derek Lee who kindly offered his services, to carry out the much needed work.
Over three days, much work was completed to get the shanty into a suitable state. Putty was placed around all the windows to secure the glass in place and the inside was cleared out and cleaned with repairs being made where needed.
The whole of the outside got a lick of paint, all rubbish was removed from the outside and most importantly the tin on the roof was replaced. The chimney was also taken down after it was discovered how fragile it was, it will be replaced at a later date.