Keeping our heritage safe in polycarbonate showcases

Considerable effort is invested in the preservation of
historical documents, objects and artefacts by museums, schools, churches and
other organisations. It becomes even more challenging when these items are
displayed for public viewing.

Traditionally, objects of historical and heritage
value have been displayed in glass cases. When acrylic offered a safer and more
economical option, the glass cases were replaced by this material. However, acrylic
can be easily cracked in public areas by accident or an act of vandalism.

The Corunna Wesleyan Methodist Church in the
picturesque south coast of New South Wales approached Allplastics Engineering
with the task of fabricating a sealed, clear showcase from unbreakable
polycarbonate. The church wanted to display antique church window frames dating
back to 1914 in the showcase.

Allplastics fabricated a polycarbonate showcase for
the church, using custom machined polycarbonate spacers to join the back and
front panels as well as provide rigidity on the corners. Polycarbonate has 250
times the strength of glass.

Mr Harry Bate, who handled the project, appreciated Allplastics’
fabrication work on the challenging task.

Allplastics
has been fabricating acrylics and polycarbonates for more than 30 years. Applications
include museum showcases, aquarium panels, exhibition stands, water columns,
safety barriers and public art pieces among many more.

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