1938 Everest expedition 'Tabloid' medicine chest, London, England, 1937-1938

Made:
1937-1938 in London
maker:
Burroughs Wellcome and Company Limited

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Left hand side: 1981-1009, 'Tabloid" medicine chest, style 260, supplied to 1938 Everest Expedition, prepared by
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Science Museum Group Collection
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Science Museum Group Collection
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Science Museum Group Collection
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Bottle with glass stopper used for aromatic chalk powder with opium, empty. Overhead view of whole object against
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bottle with glass stopper used for aromatic chalk powder with opium, empty. Detail view of top of object against black
Science Museum Group Collection
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'Tabloid" medicine chest, style 260, supplied to 1938 Everest Expedition, prepared by Burroughs Wellcome and Co. (The Wellcome Foundation Ltd.), London 1937-1938

The medical equipment carried by the British land expedition to Mount Everest in 1938 consisted of two ‘Tabloid’ aluminium medicine chests made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co. The chest certainly looks as though it has been to Everest and back. The team reached over 27,000 ft (8,200 m) via the north-west ridge without supplemental oxygen before being forced down due to bad weather and sickness.

The chests were filled with first aid equipment for the journey. The report of the exploration states “…the equipment and the containers were extremely satisfactory”. Tabloid medicine chests were taken on the Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924. It is shown here with a medicine chest from the 1924 expedition (A700003).

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1981-1009
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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