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Bow Arts Raw Materials ‘Plastics Roadshow’

Saturday 6 April, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bow Arts Plastics Roadshow

As part of their Raw Materials: Plastics programme, Bow Arts is holding a Plastics Roadshow. People are encouraged to bring their own vintage plastics along, to have them identified, discover historic plastics 150 years old, and find out about the impact of plastics waste on London waterways.

The UCL Mobile Heritage Lab will be at Bow Arts’ courtyard with scientists to help identify and age the plastics you bring. You can even bring plastics to put forward for valuation with the Plastic Historical Society experts. There will be historic plastics on display as well as recently collected objects gathered by Thames21 from the River Thames.

Raw Materials is a heritage project that looks at the industrial product history in the lower Lea Valley. The Plastics Roadshow in 2019, is the third in their series and follows the discovery that the world’s first ever plastic was invented in Hackney Wick by Alexander Parkes. Together with UCL’s Institute of Sustainable Heritage and environmental charity Thames21, they will reflect on the current issues of plastic waste.

To find out more information about the event, including access details, go to the Bow arts nunnery Plastics Roadshow event page.


Saturday 6 April, 2019
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bow Arts Courtyard
181 Bow Road,
London, E3 2SJ United Kingdom