Bring your own vintage plastics for identification, discover historic plastics going back over 150 years and find out more about the plastics waste affecting London’s waterways.
This special event introduces Bow Arts’ upcoming Raw Materials: Plastics programme, the third in a series of heritage projects exploring the industrial history of the lower Lea Valley one material at a time. In 2019 the focus is on the material plastic, following the little-known history of the development of the world’s first ever plastic in Hackney Wick, east London in 1866 - while working with UCL’s Institute of Sustainable Heritage and environmental charity Thames21 to reflect on current questions of value and waste.
The Plastics Roadshow brings the UCL Mobile Heritage Lab to Bow Arts' courtyard, with scientists on hand to test and identify plastics of any age. Bring your own plastic objects for analysis – or put them forward for valuation by experts from the Plastics Historical Society. The lab will also be investigating wide-ranging plastic objects gathered from London's River Thames, recently collected by environmental charity Thames21, which will be on show at the event. There will be a display and information about historic plastics spanning the last 150 years from the Plastics Historical Society.