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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Sleeping bag

Accession no.: N: 857
Object name: Sleeping bag
Title: Sleeping bag
Description: A reindeer skin sleeping bag used by L.E.G. Oates during the journey to the South Pole on the British Antarcitc Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova). The bag was found on 12 November 1912 by the search party looking for the polar party. It has been cut along the length to ease the entry of Oates' badly frostbitten leg.
Classified name:
SPRI theme expedition equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.533
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT sleeping bags
Field collection:
Person Atkinson, Edward Leicester
Date 12/11/1912
Place Antarctic region > Ross Dependency
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A reindeer skin sleeping bag (fur-side in) which narrows towards the feet. It is made of large strips of skin which have been stitched together, with an extra flap of skin which overlaps across the opening. The opening has been reinforced in the centre at the top and bottom with a square of leather, and there is an extra slit in the side to make the opening bigger.

  • Width: 820mm, length: 1950mm, depth: 100mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Oates, Lawrence Edward Grace (1910 - 1912)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)