Plastics care and conservation

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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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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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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The life of a MoDiP volunteer.

21 December 2022
We are very lucky to have a volunteer join us every Wednesday morning. Her name is Maxine and she retired from working at the AUB Library a few years ago. Wanting to contribute something back, she very kindly volunteered her services to the museum in 2020 and has been a member of the team ever since...
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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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7 July 2021
Did you know that you can make your own plastics material at home using milk? There are various methods and recipes available online to make casein but essentially all you need to do is heat up some skimmed milk in a saucepan and when warm, slowly add a small amount of vinegar and stir. The milk...
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Exhibition space

9 June 2021
For MoDiP’s latest collaborative exhibition with TheGallery , we thought it would be interesting to celebrate the theme of space given that 2021 marks both the 30th anniversary of the first ever British person to enter space and the 5th anniversary of the first ever British spacewalk. We started...
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Jif lemon

2 June 2021
When was the last time you saw a Jif lemon for sale in the supermarket? Not the brand’s lemon juice sold in a 250ml glass bottle. Not the modern, yellow, texturised, 100ml plastic bottle with the flat bottom to aid stability. I’m talking about the instantly recognisable container that realistically...
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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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New Art Fund Grant for MoDiP

20 May 2020
We are pleased to announce that in our role as convener of the Plastics SSN (PSSN), and jointly with the Dress and Textiles Specialists (DATS), we have been successful with our grant application for MoDiP for £14,500 towards Art Fund’s ‘Network grants’ scheme. The project runs from May 2020 to April...
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Closing the museum for lockdown

6 May 2020
On receiving notice that the AUB campus would be closing from 5pm on Friday 20th March 2020, in line with the Government’s country-wide lockdown for COVID-19, the MoDiP team had only a few days to get the museum organised. We had just completed the installation of our latest exhibition, Being me...
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Plastics Heritage Congress 2019

17 July 2019
At the end of May the Plastics Heritage Congress , a three-day international conference, was held at the Museu Nacionale dos Coches , Lisbon, Portugal. The theme of the conference was History, Limits and Possibilities and attracted delegates from all over the world, including the USA, Australia...
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