Last updated on Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Janet Hughes

Dr Janet Hughes’ diverse experience includes designing surveys and managing complex statistics, communicating complex scientific and statistical information to politicians, lecturing on Antarctic tourist visits, developing training for government programs, researching corrosion processes in Antarctica and providing conservation advice on design of museums.

Janet worked as a materials conservator in Australian cultural institutions for over 30 years and later worked in senior policy roles in environment, education and industry departments in various Australian government agencies. A current interest, based on her background in science, government and heritage, is to communicate the values of Antarctic heritage research to scientists and policy makers to improve understanding and management of these resources.

Janet has a PhD in Materials Conservation from the University of Canberra in Australia. Her PhD was on deterioration processes affecting Antarctic historic sites and the implications for conservation practice. The thesis provides a first principles examination of the causes of deterioration, the rate at which these occur and identifies issues for conservation practices. The effects studied included temperature and humidity variations inside buildings, corrosion, salt damage to timber, wind damage and human impacts. Janet carried out research at several Antarctic historic sites as part of the PhD research, including Mawson’s huts at Cape Denison.

Janet Hughes (right) with Maddison Gibbs, in the University of Technology Sydney Data Arena, 2019
Janet Hughes and her grandchild, Sydney Botanical Gardens, 2019