Plastics and research

Mystery of the Paliwear Cascelloid coat

1 May 2024
Hello all, A recent donation to our collection has sparked interest and amusement among the MoDiP team as we have very limited information on its production and every research attempt, thus far, has led to a dead end. Researching the origins and history of objects in our collection is one of my...
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PlasticsFuture 2023

19 July 2023
At the end of June, I attended a fascinating conference held at the University of Portsmouth. PlasticsFuture 2023 was convened over three days and brought together speakers from across the world to present their research around, and experiences of, plastics pollution. The team behind the conference...
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Joining Forces

30 November 2022
MoDiP is very proud to be one of only 33 university museums in 16 institutions to receive funding from Research England to support our research. With funding from Research England’s Participatory Research Fund, we recently had the opportunity to reflect on our research and it made us aware of the...
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K-Fair – The Plastic Industry Showcase.

16 November 2022
What is K Fair? As one of the premier events in the plastic industry calendar the 2022 K Fair marked the 70th anniversary of the show. Held every 3 years because it is so big, the K fair brings together thousands of plastics industry exhibitors to showcase the latest technology in materials, semi...
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Festival of Plastics

28 September 2022
Earlier in September we attended the Festival of Plastics, held at the Museum of London. This festival was a celebration of the C OMPLEX project which was coming to an end after five years. The project, run by UCL’s Institute for Sustainable Heritage, received funding from the European Research...
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Celebrating with Dr Kate Hall

28 July 2021
Last week saw AUB’s graduation ceremony and we got to celebrate with our good friend Dr Kate Hall. Kate was MoDiP’s first associated student and completed her PhD in the academic year 2019/2020 but because of the COVID restrictions AUB didn’t have a ceremony last year and decided to celebrate both...
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In search of early plastic chairs

24 February 2021
I am looking for help in finding examples of early plastic chairs from the UK and for information on a New York-based company active in the 1930s-1950s. The earliest plastic chairs that I have come across were designed for New York-based Grosfeld House in the late 1930s. They appear to have been...
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Provocative plastics: their value in design and material culture

27 January 2021
Back in 2015, the Arts University Bournemouth held an international conference, Provocative plastics: design in plastics from the practical to the philosophical, attended by scholars, art and design practitioners, and members of the plastics industry from five countries. We are pleased to announce...
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Closed for Christmas

16 December 2020
Like the rest of the AUB campus, MoDiP is now closed. The team will be available until 21st December after which we are taking a well needed break until 4th January. The collection and resources are still available on the website Louise Dennis, Curator of MoDiP
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The end of one journey

19 August 2020
At the end of July, I passed my PhD with minor corrections. It is a simple thing to say, and seems really rather poignant at a time when young people have recently received their A-level results. Many of whom, having been assessed by their teachers during the unprecedented COVID-19 lockdown...
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Sewing Machines – fabulous in form and function

8 July 2020
In this current time of staying and working at home, certain objects have become increasingly important to our lives. We are advised to use certain objects, for example soap, hand sanitisers and masks. These objects have become vital to how we live. In our homes, certain objects may have become...
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Still engaging with audiences

17 June 2020
Attila Stool Before the enforced COVID19 closures, I had been arranging for the ICON Modern Materials Network to visit MoDiP. The day would have included a talk from Fran Conrad, Course Leader for the MA Design and Innovation at the AUB, a visit to the AUB’s workshop to look at 3D printing, and a...
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