Anthropometric callipers in canvas roll

Made:
1930-1948 in Switzerland

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Anthropometric calliper in canvas roll, as modified for use in the Harpenden Growth Study, by GPM Gneupel, Switzerland, 1930-1948.

Anthropometric callipers accurately measured areas of the body such as the head. These callipers were modified for use in the Harpenden Growth Study. This studied the physical development of a group of children at Harpenden Children’s Home in Hertfordshire during the 1940s. It aimed to develop a benchmark from which children all over the country could be measured. The children resided at the home for a number of years. They were repeatedly measured and assessed as they grew. The study monitored them from pre-school to maturity. The Child Growth Tests were done by James Tanner & R. H. Whitehouse for the Institute of Child Health. They were funded by the Ministry of Health.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1996-392/1
Materials:
metal and textile
type:
anthropometric equipment
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • measuring device - instrument
credit:
Institute of Child Health

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