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Articles & Newsletters 2016-12-06T05:35:27+00:00

Newcomen Midlands Public Lecture      In conjunction with Thinktank: Birmingham Science Museum   Wednesday 7th February 2018 - 7pm   Plastics - from Parkesine to Bakelite                               By Dr Susan Mossman      The Lecture [...]


Faturan Ian Holdsworth and Ibrahim Faraj undertake an investigation into a mythical material. Figure 1. Friedrich Adolf “Fritz” Traun photographed in 1907 Figure 2. String of Faturan prayer beads Try this: Search eBay for Bakelite [...]

The Amsterdam Bakelite Collection

The Amsterdam Bakelite Collection PHS member Reindert Groot, chairman of the Amsterdam Bakelite Collection on the phenomenon of how collections expand. Figure 1. Colour samples on ball chains. Figure 2. Samples on rod in display [...]

Rutland Plastics

Rutland Plastics PHS Chairman Steve Akhurst reports on Rutland Plastics. Figure 1. An early company van. Note the old format telephone number. From the smallest English county comes a story of enterprise, ingenuity and perseverance. [...]

Plastics and Rubber Weekly

John Whitehead, who spent nearly 30 years with the industry’s familiar newspaper Plastics and Rubber Weekly, reports on its half century milestone this year. Figure 1. First day cover – PRW’s first edition in 1964 [...]

My Other Plastic Pal

My Other Plastic Pal Pete Bradley, aka “The BAYKO Man”, details the development of the BAYKO plastic construction toy. Figure 1. Charles Bird Plimpton Charles Bird Plimpton, inventor of the world’s first and finest plastic [...]

Community Life At Brantham Xylonite

Community Life At Brantham Xylonite Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves conclude their oral history of Brantham Xylonite in Suffolk. Figure 1. Childrens’ birthday party at Brantham Introduction In the previous two issues of Plastiquarian we [...]

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar® Dr Susan Mossman of the Science Museum pays tribute to the inventor of Kevlar. When Stephanie Kwolek was born on 31 July 1923, the synthetic plastics industry was still [...]

3D Printshow, London, October 2013

NEWS 3D Printshow, London, October 2013 Figure 1. Coloured plastic filament used in 3D printing                                   Figure 2. Shoes made using a 3D printing technique 3D printing is a process which involves using special printheads that [...]


Moldflow Colin Austin revolutionised plastic moulding by predicting performance through computerised simulation. John Whitehead traces his contribution. Figure 1. Computer screen showing Moldflow image The unrivalled benefits of the injection moulding process for the efficient [...]

The Festival of Britain and Plastics

The Festival of Britain and Plastics Carolyn Clark takes a tour through the 1951 Festival of Britain Exhibition and finds multiple applications of plastics. Figure 1. Souvenir badge made of celluloid In 1951, the Festival [...]