Antartic Expeditions 2 (1)

Venesta goes to the Antarctic.

  • Company
01.01.1907

In 1907, Venesta boards and boxes gained special notoriety travelling to the Antarctic with Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.

At the same time that Venesta’s tea chest business expanded they began the importation and sale of the Luther plywood boards used for tea chests (trademarked as Venesta boards) and rapidly became synonymous with plywood in Britain and France.

The boards and boxes gained special notoriety for their use on two well-publicized Antarctic expeditions.

Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition (1907-1909) took some 2,500 Venesta boxes to the Antarctic. They withstood difficult conditions including exposure to salt water and burial in ice, and were reused as furniture and fittings within living quarters, ‘for making of the hundred and one odds and ends…in such an expedition as this’, and also as covers and binding of copies of Aurora Australis, ‘the first book ever written, printed, illustrated and bound in the Antarctic.’

For Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910-1912, Venesta crates were reused as book shelves and again to make covers for the South Polar Times (a newspaper produced by the men of the expedition) and (with sealskin) to make boots.

*Adapted from “Plywood – A material Story” produced by Christopher Wilk for the V&A Museum


Stay up to date

Complete this quick form to sign up to our newsletter - you’ll receive regular updates and industry insights straight to your inbox.

Don’t miss out on our regular updates and industry insights shared on social media. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Related Articles

Ukraine Flag Shutterstock

Venesta supports The British Red Cross’ Ukraine crisis appeal

Company

Venesta Washrooms Toilet Cubicles Ips Vanity Units New Website

We’re excited - Venesta new website launched!

Company

Venesta Washrooms Halloween Fundraising 2021

It’s all gone to the dogs (in a good way)

Company

Venesta Washrooms Toilet Cubicle Cubicles Unity Orange Colourcoat Thumbnail Large

Remote ‘Specifying Washrooms’ CPD

Company & Events

View all articles
Log in

View and edit your projects, orders, profile settings and subscriptions

Sign up

Gain full access to our technical library including CAD & fixing instructions. You will also be able to create projects and add products and documents to them.

Opt in to receive communication by:
Add to a project
Create a project
Confirm project deletion

Are you sure you want to delete this project?

Share project
Builder Co. Bathroom Overhaul

Your samples

Are you looking for the international website?

Go to international