Making the most of your plastics

Plastics have infiltrated almost everything to do with life and living from aviation to zip fasteners. They are found in art and design, social history and technological collections and are also among the ethnographic materials of the 20th century.

This resource aims to help people with plastics in their care make the most of them. It is intended for those with little or no prior knowledge of plastics and as a starting point for further exploration. It will help you identify and look after objects made of plastics whatever the subject of your museum.

The resource provides a timeline for the development of plastics and outlines guidance on the identification of different plastics materials and their care and preservation.

Click the link on the right-hand side to download this resource as a PDF.

Date created: 2008

Author: Susan Lambert

Publisher: The Arts University College at Bournemouth