skip to primary navigation skip to content


You are not currently logged in

Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: Y: 2003/3/3
Object name: Anorak
Title: Anorak
Description: A navy blue sledging anorak (pullover-style) with fur-trimmed hood, made by Robert Lawrie Ltd. of London. This type of anorak was no.2? on the clothing issue list supplied to personnel on the Royal Society International Geophysical Year Expeditions 1955-59. It was donated to the Museum by Joseph MacDowall, senior meteorologist at Halley Bay with the IGY Expedition 1957-58.
Classified name:
SPRI theme clothing and footwear
Current place name
UDC 687.1
Geographic UDC
Getty AAT anoraks
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A navy blue anorak (pullover-style) with fur-trimmed hood and grey and white stitching. It is made of Ventile cloth, a 100% cotton fabric made from very fine long staple cotton, which is spun into special yarn and then doubled for additional strength and regularity, and then compactly woven to make it windproof and weatherproof but also breathable. The anorak has a drawstring hood, waist and hem, each with a leather panel for the eyelets, white cord drawstring and a clear plastic cuboid toggle. The hood is trimmed with brown fur and the brim is stiffened with wire. There are two round white plastic buttons on each cuff; the buttonholes and backs of the buttons are reinforced with leather. There is a large central breast pocket with a pocket flap and metal zip. Between the neck and the breast pocket is a strip of leather. Fastened to the inside back of the anorak at hem level is a textile strap with two buttonholes reinforced with leather. This strap would be passed between the legs and fastened to a button at the front to hold everything in place – there is no button present. There is a button on partway up the inside back of the anorak, to which the strap is fastened when not in use. Inside the anorak is a manufacturer's label with 'Robert Lawrie Ltd // London, W.1.'

  • Width: 1685mm, length: 1075mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: MacDowall, Joseph (1957 - 1958)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: Royal Society International Geophysical Year Expeditions 1955-59 (1957 - 1958)