Plastics Historical Society

Veret electric bed warmer, Ernest Paul Feakes, 1937

18 January 2023
Mindful of the cost-of-living crisis, my family have been using our rubber hot water bottles far more this winter than we have done in previous years. They are a fantastic invention and help with the energy-saving mantra I keep reading everywhere: ‘heat the person, not the room’. MoDiP does not...
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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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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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Friend and Faux

15 December 2021
We have just opened our latest exhibition Friend and faux , which explores both the historical and contemporary use of plastics materials in replacing animal products. Right from the beginning of the story of man-made plastics, this material group has been used to imitate the natural world. Because...
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Shellac

18 August 2021
Florence Compound was the invention of Alfred Critchlow (1813-1881) who was a manufacturer of horn buttons in Birmingham, England. After emigrating to the US, where he initially continued in this trade, Critchlow eventually moved to Florence, Massachusetts, where, in the 1850s, he began to...
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Casein

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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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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A recent acquisition

4 September 2019
We were very saddened to hear of the recent death of a long-standing friend and supporter of MoDiP, Jen Cruse. Jen was the author of ‘The Comb: Its history and development’, copies of which can be found in the MoDiP library collection. It is a beautifully illustrated and thorough investigation into...
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Spice box

10 July 2019
Newly acquired by MoDiP as part of the Plastics Historical Collection, is this lovely spice box or masala dabba. A masala dabba is used for the short-term storage of the most commonly used spices in Indian cuisine. These containers enable the cook to have their favourite spices to hand without...
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Raw Materials: Plastics

5 June 2019
MoDiP has been working closely with the Nunnery Gallery in preparation for their new exhibition entitled Raw Materials: Plastics . It is part of an ongoing research project through which they have been exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through a series of different materials. In...
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‘Bayko. The Original Plastic Building Sets’

24 April 2019
The objects in the collection of the Plastics Historical Society are cared for by MoDiP and from time to time additions to the collection come our way. As the museum’s Documentation Officer, it is my job to catalogue these items so that they can be made available for all to see via MoDiP’s website...
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Egg cups

17 April 2019
With Easter fast approaching, I was particularly pleased to find this little gem amongst objects recently acquired as part of the collection of the Plastics Historical Society. Small and perfectly formed, this small green egg contains two simple bases which push into the upturned half egg shells, to...
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