2024

Seen and unseen - Designed to degrade

28 February 2024
Not to be confused with bioplastics, plastics made from renewable biomass resources such as sugarcane or corn, biodegradable plastics are made from materials that have chemicals added that cause the plastic to break down quickly when exposed to air and sunlight, heat or moisture, triggering...
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Seen and unseen - in cars

21 February 2024
This blog post has been inspired by our current exhibition, Seen and unseen , and one display case in particular, In cars . The use of plastics in cars is not a new phenomenon. In the 1940s, Henry Ford’s investigations resulted in a vehicle described as a ‘plastic car made from soybeans.’ The car’s...
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Preservation Series - Polyurethane

14 February 2024
Hello all, Welcome back to the final instalment of the preservation series where we discuss how to identify and care for sensitive plastics that you may have in your collection. In previous posts we have reviewed cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) – you can find the...
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Seen and unseen: Tree management

7 February 2024
Our latest exhibition, Seen and unseen , looks at objects that use plastics to do a job in such a way that we may not realise that the materials are there or that are so good at their job that we stop paying them too much attention. The first theme featured in the exhibition is, tree management...
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Preservation Series - Polyvinyl Chloride

1 February 2024
Hello and welcome back, This week we are continuing our preservation blog series with an introduction to Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC. Past blogs in this series have focused on the importance of plastic identification when attempting to plastics. Specifically, signs of degradation to look out for and...
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New exhibition: Seen and unseen

24 January 2024
We have recently opened a fabulous new exhibition, See and unseen . It is packed full of really interesting objects which explore topics such as safety, b iodegradability , and microplastics. We have really enjoyed selecting the objects on display as well as researching their design stories. The...
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Preservation Series - Cellulose Acetate

11 January 2024
Happy New Year – I hope everyone enjoyed some time off for the holidays and are coming into the new year refreshed. This blog is a continuation of our preservation series where we examine various “problem plastics” or sensitive plastics that are most likely to degrade without intervention. In the...
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