Objects Database

Anorak

Accession Number

185.2008.1

Object Name

Anorak

Created

20/10/2008

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

20/10/2008

Brief Description

Ventile anorak. Zipped front, drawstring hood but no string. Drawstring waist with plastic toggles. Two front pockets with plastic buttons. Zipped pocket on upper left hand side. Button on front bottom,crotch strap with buttonhole on inside bottom back.Patched in a number of places. Button on middle of inside back.

Materials

ventile, plastic, metal

Dimensions

From neck 73 (l) x 63 ( w)cms. Sleeve 46(l) cms.

Number Of Objects

1

Inscription Description

White label inside neck reads "M" Blue label below reads " ROSSDALE PRODUCT" Another label below reads" VENTILE CERTIFIED BY THE VENTILE FABRICS ASSOCIATION OF GREAT BRITAIN MANCHESTER ENGLAND"

Colour

sand

Maker

Rossdale

Object Production Place

England

Provenance

We are not sure where we got this jacket from, but it's certainly got character. In the absence of any first hand provenance we thought the story of how ventile cloth came about might be interesting:-
Winston Churchill promoted the concept of catapulting expendable Hurricane aircraft from the decks of merchant ships to provide local cover. There was no means of landing back on the deck. The pilot had the choice of ditching the aircraft or bailing out into the sea. There was no problem in spotting the pilots who had signals and lights, but the water was so cold that life expectancy was only a few minutes. Most died from exposure.

There was an urgent need for a new, protective clothing fabric that would be comfortable in the cockpit under combat conditions and that would also keep a pilot warm and dry in the sea.
After many trials, the scientists at the Shirley Institute in Manchester U.K. developed the fabric called 'Ventile'. When made into finished garments, life expectancy in the sea was extended from a few minutes to 20 minutes and rescue was now a real possibility. 80% of anti-submarine pilots who fell into the sea now survived.
VentileĀ® fabrics for RAF clothing went into mass production in 1943 and the military association still remains today. Garment designs have changed over the years but you will still find VentileĀ® suits in modem Tornado jets with the RAF and other NATO airforces.

Ventile is still used for outdoor clothing too, though perhaps rather less than one would imagine given its qualities - stand by for the Ventile Revolution!

Acquisition Date

20/10/2008

Condition Check Date

28/04/2009

Normal Location

Bohuntin

Current Location

Bohuntin

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

28/04/2009

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