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Plastics truly are polymorphic. They are an extensive family of
materials which take many forms, and for many decades have been the
group of materials that are most widely used globally. They have a
broad range of properties and many typical characteristics which set
them apart from each other and make them particularly suitable for an
inexhaustible list of applications. They range from semi-synthetic
plastics, first developed over 150 years ago, to the fully synthesised
techno-polymers designed and engineered for very specific uses today.
With the growing realisation that fossil fuel resources are not
sustainable, there is a renewed interest in the development of bio
plastics derived from an increasing variety of sustainable biomass
This exhibition looks at some of the plastics we commonly encounter
in our everyday lives. It examines their history and development,
explains what sets them apart from each other and shows the more typical
applications, some of which have become icons of design, made possible
only because of the type of plastic used.
Louise Dennis (Assisant Curator)