Inside the Collection


Conservator’s Corner: Investigating our plastics collection

April 14, 2010

Erika Taylor
During the period 1929-55, the Museum director Arthur de Raymond Penfold became fascinated by a new material called plastic and stated: The way they stirred the imagination of the public is as much a marvel as the wizardry of the modern organic chemist who gave us the great invention.

Boring plastic flowers

January 11, 2010

Erika Taylor
BORING...was my first thought when I saw these flowers in the Museum's basement when I was researching our collection of early plastics. They looked sad, and like they had been sitting on a shelf for about 100 years.