Medicine chest used on British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913, England, 1900-1910

Made:
1900-1910 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Empty sledge case medicine chest used by the British Antarctic expedition of 1910, by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. English, early 20th century

This sledge case medicine chest was used on the 1910 British Antarctic expedition, also known as the ‘Terra Nova’ expedition – Terra Nova being the name of the supply ship. Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) led four companions with the aim of being the first team to reach the South Pole. Famously, having been beaten to the pole by a rival Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen, Scott and his men died during their return journey in 1912.

This medicine chest was made by Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Packed with the company’s products, it was one of a series that were presented to high profile expeditions in a shrewd attempt to advertise the product.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A700026
Materials:
case, canvas and case, cork
type:
medicine chest and pharmacy (containers)
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest