Amersham Before Plastic is our new exhibition, touring in our Mobile Museum and on display in the museum throughout the winter. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, and by Amersham Community Board, the project shares how local people shopped, reused, repaired and recycled sustainably in the past.

Amersham Before Plastic

By exploring oral history interviews, reminiscence sessions and our collections, we have researched how local people shopped and consumed before plastic packaging and pre-packaged food was commonplace. Working in partnership with local community group Sustainable Amersham, we draw comparisons between historic habits of growing locally, minimising waste, plastic-free packaging and mending, with contemporary initiatives today.

The mobile museum will be touring local community events, including local markets. We will be sharing tips on responsible recycling and encouraging people to share their opinions on packaging and make a pledge about reducing their use of single use plastic.

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Take up the Challenge

We’re working with local community group Sustainable Amersham to work towards Plastic Free Status for Amersham, which essentially means reducing our use of single-use plastic. Have a look at our suggestions and make a pledge about something you will change today!

Amersham before Plastic

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49 High Street
Old Amersham

01494 723700
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We open Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon until 4:30pm.

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