*NOTE – So the lovely people in the media department at the V&A have asked me to blog for them. This is a great opportunity for my work to reach a much larger audience! So I will be posting to the V&A blog 1st and then a little later I will post here. If you wish to keep up to date then check out my newest post over on the V&A Blog 🙂
So a while back I posted an image of one of the plastic handbags we have here in the Conservation Science Dept. We use these non-museum objects as sacrificial lambs in the aid of heritage science. We have a second handbag that has started to dramatically decay. As we will use any excuse here in the lab to play with
new toys “science equipment” we got out a Raspberry Pi. The new camera module for the pi along with a little computer code to set up a time-lapse is a perfect way to track the rate of decay. We are hoping to let this run for about six months, so come back at Christmas time to see (hopefully) a great video of decaying plastics!