A light-hearted romp through the history of design over the last two centuries. The ‘medium’ Colin uses is that versatile, misunderstood group of materials that we today call ‘plastics’. From horn and gutta-percha, through Celluloid and Bakelite to high-tech resins and Lycra, designers and artists have been using this family of materials for over 200 years, Colin’s lecture is extensively illustrated with slides of objects both in his own collection and held in museums around the world.

Colin Williamson

Forty years working in plastics and for 35 years a collector of historic plastics. Founder and Archivist of the Plastics Historical Society and a regular contributor to television and radio programmes. Has lectured to university design students and to other industrial archaeological and plastics industry groups.