UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


ISH academic awarded funding for Knowledge Exchange activities on plastics

30 October 2018

UCL ISH's Dr Katherine Curran has been awarded funding from the UCL Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund for the project ‘Raw Materials: Plastics’, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Katherine Curran

This will be used for a partnership with Bow Arts, an arts and education charity in east London, who will be running a year-long programme of activities that explore the heritage of plastics, which has a rich history in east London, together with an exhibition in their Nunnery Gallery.

In collaboration with Bow Arts, Katherine will run knowledge exchange activities with the public that explore whether the heritage of plastics can be used to change public attitudes towards plastic and its use. 

This work will be done in collaboration with the Slade School of Fine Art, the Department of Art History, the Institute of Making and environmental charity Thames21. The funding comes from Research England’s Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Speaking about the project Dr Curran says:

We know that plastic waste is a big problem in today’s society.  But we don’t fully understand the role that heritage can play in addressing this problem. This project aims to find out.”
Image: 'Dr Katherine Curran from ISH analysing historic plastic items using spectroscopy'  Credit: Matija Strlic