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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Sledging box


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Accession no.: Y: 59/8/5/1
Object name: Sledging box
Title: Sledging box
Description: A wooden sledging box from the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58, containing integrating motor pneumotachograph (IMP) equipment (Y: 59/8/5/2-38), used for determining energy expenditure by analysing expired air to calculate oxygen consumption. The box largely contains field equipment for sealing ampoules of expired air.
Classified name:
SPRI theme health
Current place name Antarctic regions
UDC 612
Geographic UDC (*7)
Getty AAT
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A wooden sledging box with a hinged lid (two metal hinges on the short end) with green textile tape along the hinge. The long edges of the base, and the sides and front of the lid, are reinforced with metal. There are two wooden battens running cross-wise on the underside of the box. There is a canvas handle riveted to the front of the box, and a canvas tie riveted to the front of the box and the front of the lid for tying the lid shut. The front of the box is marked: 'M.E. Co 1954' (printed), 'IMP CARE!!' and '34lbs' (handwritten), and '242/1 3 // MRC' (painted). One side of the box is marked: 'IMP SEALING // 242/1 // MRC 3 // IMP' (painted). Another side is marked: 'TAE EXPEDITION // TRANS ANTARCTIC' (stencilled) and '242/1 IMP // MRC' (painted). The lid is marked: '6166' (stencilled) and 'FON[…] QRS […]LB // 242/1 // 34lbs // MRC3 // IMP // DR ROGERS // SCOTT BASE' (handwritten).

The lid and base of the box are lined with waxed paper, and there are heavily disintegrating foam blocks and panels attached to the insides of the box and the lid. There are fixed and adjustable wooden fittings in the sides of the box, and metal clips in the sides and the lid, for securing instruments inside the box. The metal clips in the lid are marked '4 NOSE CLIPS' (Y: 59/8/5/14-17) and 'FILE' (Y: 59/8/5/30) and another with the outline of a screwdriver (Y: 59/8/5/31). The lid also contains a foam-lined cylindrical metal canister (to hold Y: 59/8/5/5), and there are two metal pins with red caps fixed to one of the sides of the box. A printed card pinned to the inside of the lid reads: 'BOX CONTAINING FIELD EQUIPMENT FOR SEALING AMPOULES OF EXPIRED AIR FROM THE I.M.P.'.

  • Width: 330mm, height: 225mm, length: 530mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1955-58 (1955 - 1958)
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