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A pair of skis, formerly owned by Captain Scott. Although never registered, documents in the archive (ARC/HMG/CM/007/A/COLBECKW/001-002) show that a group of objects was acquired by the Horniman from the then Lady Kennet (Kathleen Young, née Bruce, formerly Kathleen Scott and Lady Scott), Captain Scott's widow, in March 1938. Further documents (ARC/HMG/CM/007/A/COLBECKW/003-025, 027, 029 and 034) state that they were exhibited in the South Hall, before the skis were transferred to HMS Discovery, then an RNVR drill ship; they were eventually transferred along with the Discovery to Dundee Heritage Trust. However, the matter is complicated by documents mentioning two pairs of skis (ARC/HMG/CM/007/A/COLBECKW/013 and 043) and Louis Bernacchi, a member of Scott's first expedition (the Discovery expedition) (ARC/HMG/CM/007/A/COLBECKW/030 and 043): although Kathleen Scott gave the Horniman a single pair of skis, and a single pair was sent to Discovery, the documents do not contain sufficient detail to say for sure which pair were sent to Discovery. Of the skis in the Dundee Heritage Trust collection which were acquired along with Discovery, one pair, W 79.133.69, is clearly marked as having belonged to Reginald Skelton, another member of the Discovery expedition; the other, W 79.133.68, is stamped 'W.C.', and is perhaps the more likely candidate to be the Horniman's skis.

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skis
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Anthropology

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  skis

Materials & techniques
wood
Additional material & technique information
material: wood (overall)

Provenance
previous owner:  Scott, Robert Falcon  Undefined - 1912-03-29
donor:  Scott, Kathleen  1912-03-29 - 1938-03


Related objects
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson regarding potential disposal of Captain Scott relics from the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by John Brown regarding the disposal of Captain Scott relics from the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to John Brown, regarding the transfer of Scott relics from the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Memorandum regarding transfer of Captain Scott relics from the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to Peter Scott regarding transfer of Captain Scott reclics from the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by John Brown to Otto Samson, regarding contact with Peter Scott
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to John Brown, regarding transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by R. Garside to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by R. Garside to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to John Brown, regarding transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to the Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by L.M. Forbes to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to L.M. Forbes, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by L.M. Forbes to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by L.M. Forbes to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by John Brown to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to John Brown, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics.
documented by:  Letter by L.M. Forbes to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to L.M. Forbes, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by John Brown to Otto Samson, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to John Brown, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics.
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to L.M. Forbes, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to L.M. Forbes, regarding the transfer of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Note paper listing Scott’s relics held by the Horniman Museum.
documented by:  Letter by Kathleen Kennet regarding the donation of Scott objects to the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by Kathleen Kennet regarding the donation of Scott objects to the Horniman Museum
documented by:  Letter by Otto Samson to Commander D. Calf, regarding the dispatch of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Letter by the Captain of HMS ‘Discovery’ to Otto Samson, regarding the dispatch of Captain Scott relics
documented by:  Receipt for three Captain Scott relics dispatched to HMS 'Discovery'
Related people
used by: Scott, Robert Falcon
Related places
used in: Ross Island
used in: Ross Ice Shelf
used in: Victoria Land
Related subjects
object name: skis

Record created 2014-07-26 by RSHEPHERD
Record last updated 2017-03-29 by RJENNINGS

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