Virtual Museum

Barbie At 50

2016-11-16T08:30:37+00:00

Deborah Jaffé assesses Ruth Handler’s Creation The impact of plastics after World War 11 dramatically changed the design and manufacture of dolls. They became cheap to produce and, with injection blow moulding, jointed limbs easier [...]

Barbie At 50 2016-11-16T08:30:37+00:00

Horners Corner – Buttons And Bows

2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

When reading about ancient technologies that were practised for millennia by our ancestors, one is struck by their resourcefulness in adapting the raw material that was available. They observed and experimented, and gradually improved their [...]

Horners Corner – Buttons And Bows 2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

The Delrin Half Century

2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

Du Pont introduced Delrin to the market in the late 1950s following the granting of patents in 1956. It soon established itself as one of the first ‘engineering polymers’ extending the use of plastics into [...]

The Delrin Half Century 2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

Plastics Imitating Gems

2016-11-16T08:31:01+00:00

Maggie Campbell Pedersen describes how plastics have enabled women to afford ‘expensive’ jewellery From the time they were invented, plastics have been used to copy organic gem materials - that is, gem materials of plant [...]

Plastics Imitating Gems 2016-11-16T08:31:01+00:00