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Sledging Box- homemade

Accession Number

1178.2014.1

Object Name

Sledging Box- homemade

Created

14/11/2014

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

14/11/2014

Brief Description

Plywood box

Materials

plywood, aluminium, tarred paper

Dimensions

54(l) x 24(h) x 34(w) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Colour

navy blue

Maker

Rod Pashley

Provenance

We've had to extend our geographical boundaries a little to embrace this exhibit as it comes from Antartctica. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has its roots in Operation Tabarin, a secret World War II mission to deny enemy ships access to Antarctic waters. There was a scientific element which continued after the war, ultimately becoming the British Antarctic Survey.
From the outset in 1945, BAS scientists used dogs to pull their sledges around on the ice and the item we have here in the collection is a sledging box which would have held cooking equipment and food for the journey - it was also handy for a seat as we can see in the photo opposite. The box would have been just one item from the huge amount of equipment which was carefully stacked on a Nansen Sledge and pulled by a team of huskies.
This box was kindly donated by Rod Pashley who worked his sledge down in Antarctica back in the 1970's. Sadly for Rod, and many others, BAS stopped using dogs in Antarctica in 1994 for environmental reasons!
We should perhaps add that Rod made the box himself - the lining is tarred paper.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Rod Pashley

Acquisition Date

14/11/2014

Condition Check Date

14/11/2014

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

14/11/2014

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