A trouble shared is a trouble halved

What do bananas and this 1950s compass from the Polar Museum have in common?  Answer – they are both radioactive! Admittedly the compass is a lot more radioactive than the bananas, so it needs to be stored and handled according to the legal requirements of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.  The Polar Museum has 15 radioactive objects in the collection,… Read full article

Fantastic Plastic

Plastic is so much part of our lives that we don’t really think about it, but many people are still surprised to learn that there is now quite a lot of plastic in museum collections. Many objects from the late nineteenth century onwards contain plastics, from artworks to scientific instruments, clothes, toys and household items. Unfortunately some plastics are very… Read full article