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The Plastic Revolution

The Plastics Revolution at Bassetlaw Museum

The Plastic Revolution

‘The Plastic Revolution’ will be opening from the 1st April at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford. This new exhibition will focus on the uses and types of early plastics.


As part of my work as a Collections Intern at Bassetlaw Museum, I was given the opportunity to develop and create a new temporary exhibition, about the Plastic Revolution. I decided upon this theme, through exploring the collections and stores of Bassetlaw Museum. I combined this with my own interest in early-mid 20th Century history. I thought it would be interesting to look at the development of, and all the applied uses of the first natural and synthetic plastics, plus the wide variety of uses they had.

In this exhibition, you will learn about three of the main types of early plastics from the early-mid 20th Century:

  1. Celluloid
  2. Bakelite
  3. Lucite


You will discover how they were used for domestic items, toys, personal grooming and industry items.

So, if you would like to know more about these revolutionary materials and see some of the fascinating items from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, pop along to the Plastic Revolution at Bassetlaw Museum from 1st April until September 2017.

​By Annabelle Arnold, Resilience Syndicate Intern at Bassetlaw Museum

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