In 2010, MoDiP was donated a large archive of images
relating to a single company. Bakelite Xylonite Ltd, also known as British
Xylonite Ltd or BXL, was possibly one of the first British firms to
successfully manufacture a plastics material in commercial quantities. The company was established in 1875 and after
a long history went into liquidation in the late 2000s. The images we have in the collection are
concentrated around the 1960s through to the 1980s and show us glimpses of the
manufacturing process, products and the company’s employees during this time. We plan to share an image each week to give a
flavour of the archive. If you want to
see more you can view the whole collection on our website.
This week’s image shows the quality control of an extrusion processor.
We are still working on the documentation of the archive,
some of the images we know more about than others. It would be fantastic if we could fill in
some of the gaps in our knowledge, if you know anything about the company or
specific images it would be good to hear from you.
Louise Dennis (Assistant Curator)