Pam, our Collections Manager, started the day with a presentation about the milestones in the development of plastics materials. She looked at natural plastics, semi-synthetics, and synthetic examples.
|The delegates settling down ready for the first presentation.|
|We showed objects made of early plastics including horn (a natural plastic), Bois Durci, and Shellac.|
During the second half of the day we had the delegates identifying the materials that some of our objects are made of.
|The activity based on the Toolkit|
|Delegates discussing the material characteristics present in the objects.|
|Googling tradenames can be a great first step in identifying materials.|
We would like to thank all the delegates for joining us, and for taking part in the activity with such zest.
Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)