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Eskimo (Inuit) Anorak

Accession Number

1256.2015.1

Object Name

Eskimo (Inuit) Anorak

Created

03/06/2015

Creator

Hermione Cooper

Accession Date

03/06/2015

Brief Description

Red (patterned at hem) Inuit Anorak with fur edged hood. Woollen lining

Materials

fur, wool, cotton

Dimensions

68(l) x 52(w) cms

Number Of Objects

1

Colour

red, brown

Provenance

First lady of Scottish skiing, Myrtle Simpson, took herself, her husband Hugh, and their four children off to Resolute Bay in Canada back in 1969, with the idea of Hugh and herself skiing to the North Pole while the still very young children went to school in Resolute.
The local Inuit decided that the children needed some Resolute style clothing for their stay and kindly made them all an anorak, each one of which we have here in the collection. Myrtle dug them out of an old chest and stuck them in the freezer for a while to kill the moths!
Myrtle and Hugh headed off for the North Pole but didn't quite make it having to turn back at 84 degrees 42 north, after travelling 99 miles in temperatures down to -45degrees. Myrtle tells the story in her book "Due North" which was published in 1970.

Acquisition Method

Donated by Myrtle Simpson

Acquisition Date

03/06/2015

Condition Check Date

03/06/2015

Rules

Spectrum : UK Museum documentation standard, V.3.1 2007

Modified

03/06/2015

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