IPHC – Polar Heritage

International Polar Heritage Committee

The IPHC was established in Mexico in 1999 to protect and conserve the vast number of sites in the polar regions of both the Artic and Antarctica which contain valuable information about the heritage of these regions.

The objectives of the IPHC are:

  • to promote international co-operation in the protection and conservation of non-indigenous heritage in the Arctic and Antarctic
  • to consult and co-operate with Arctic indigenous peoples regarding heritage of cross cultural significance
  • to provide a forum for interchange of experience, ideas, knowledge, and the results of research between administrators, archaeologists, conservators, historians, legislators and other professionals
  • to promote international studies and projects
  • to expand technical co-operation by fostering links with specialised institutions


Australian Members

  • Dr Michael Pearson (IPHC President – elected 2018) – Expert
    Australian voting member
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  • Mr Julian Bickersteth (IPHC Immediate Past President) – Expert
  • Ms Angela McGowan – Expert
  • Mr Geoff Ashley – Expert
  • Ms Sherri-Lee Evans – Associate

Visit the IPHC website