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The Plastics Historical Society

The Plastics Historical Society was formed in 1986 and was first to draw attention to the heritage of the plastics industry and to celebrate all things plastic.

It is an independent society affiliated to the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB, UK and run by a committee elected at the AGM each year.

Membership of PHS is open to anyone interested in plastics, rubbers and other polymers. The society’s international membership is drawn from collectors, industry, education, museum staff, libraries, and auction houses, and represents all age groups.


To encourage the study of all historical aspects of plastics and other polymers, including synthetic fibres, rubber and elastomers. Everything from Bakelite to Xylonite.


Members are offered a lively programme of events: In addition, there are two regional sections of the Society which are open to all members – a Western Section covering Wales and the West of England, and an East Midlands Section.

The Society has a library of many hundreds of books which are gradually being assembled at the IOM3.


Two full colour publications are mailed regularly to members – a Newsletter published six times a year, and a twice yearly journal plastiquarian. Articles and other content from the journal is available on this site. Some articles are reserved for members while some are open to all.