Collection area: Production Technology

This area covers the artisanal and industrial production technology used in agriculture and forestry, wood and metal processing, textile manufacture, the production of foodstuffs and luxury foods, glass, ceramics and the chemical industry, as well as the paper industry. With almost one half of all the objects and a series of special historical collections, it characterises the profile of the museum to a large extent. In the future, the area will increasingly focus on the documentation of new materials.

Filter: Plastics / All Epochs / (4 Exhibits found)
  • FA-123572

    Anger Twin Screw Extruder, 1959/60

    Don’t be fooled! Although this may look like some sort of a ‘handbag’, it actually measures no less than 270 x 110 x 200 cm – and it’s used to process plastics. So what we have here is the rear view of an extruder.

  • FA-122540

    Cassette with garments made of celluloid, 1917

    Forget the laundry – just wash it off! In the late 19th century the invention of the synthetic material known as celluloid meant it was now possible to imitate fine, expensive linen, with the prospects of white collars, cuffs and shirt fronts at any time!

  • FA-123214

    Sample boards: origins of Galalith and products made from Galalith, 1900-1950

    Buttons made from milk? That’s right! Before the invention of the fully synthetic plastic material made from mineral oil, another invention became all the rage: the semi-synthetic plastic material made from casein, a milk protein.

  • FA-123396

    Shellac sample case, London, post-1939

    It takes around 300,000 kerria lacca scale insects working around the clock to produce one kilo of shellac. And not just for the round black discs that make music. Shellac can do a lot more.

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