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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1980s (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin and plastic

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Whistle of yellow tin and red plastic.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1980s (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin and plastic

Object history note

Registered File number 1994/274, Streetstyle exhibition 1994-1995, in the exhibition it was part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94' (includes the jumper T.312-1994, the jeans T.500-1994, the vest T.501-1994, the T-shirt T.502-1994, the belt T.503-1994, the T-shirt T.504-1994, the socks T.505-1994, the boots T.506-1994, the licorice T.508-1994, the friendship band T.510-1994 and the toggle T.509-1994).

Part of New Age Traveller Costume. This outfit combines second-hand and found clothing with army surplus and handmade garments. The numerous layers were worn for warmth and protection. The hat is unique to the traveller's tribe, in this case, the Dongas. Traveller clothing is normally worn until it falls apart, hence the condition of this outfit, and the unwashed appearance reflects the Traveller's itinerant life which is spent largely outdoors.

Descriptive line

Whistle, tin and plastic, Great Britain, 1980s

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Described in the exhibition publication, part of an outfit called 'Traveller UK 1986-94'.
Surfers, Soulies, Skinheads & Skaters : Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties


Tin; Plastic


Men's clothes; Day wear; Fashion; Accessories; Streetstyle exhibition 1994


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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