Treasure from Trash Exhibition

On Friday 31st January I was invited to a viewing of the new Treasure from Trash exhibition at Peterborough Museum.

The press release states:

Rethink the way you recycle at Peterborough Museum’s Treasure From Trash exhibition, which runs from 1 February to 27 April 2014. This captivating and accessible exhibition will intrigue anyone who has ever thrown anything away.

Treasure From Trash is an innovative new exhibition at Peterborough Museum which actively demonstrates and encourages reusing and up-cycling waste products, transforming them into useful artefacts and works of art.

You’ll be amazed at what can be made from rubbish – jewellery from old flip-flops, toy cars and animals from metal cans, and even a 3D chicken from plastic bags! This exhibition will appeal to families, be thought-provoking for school and college students and inspirational for makers, artists and designers.

Treasure from Trash has been curated by knowtrash – Ruth Thomson, children’s author and educator, and Neil Thomson, film editor and photographer. Their unique collection of nearly 4,000 upcycled artefacts has been sourced from makers and markets in more than 35 countries around the world. Treasure from Trash originated in partnership with the Eden Project in Cornwall and will be touring the UK in 2014 and beyond.

Back on our own doorstep, the exhibition also looks at the work of Peterborough’s waste management team and Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) to see what happens to our city’s waste and how we can recycle more. Plus, don’t miss the exhibition’s supporting series of creative workshops and events for adults and children.

Entry to this exhibition is FREE (except on special event days), so drop in at any time. For more information, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663, email or visit

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Some of the pieces shown were truly remarkable, my particular favourite was the baseball cap made from Coca-Cola cans.  There was a short speech from the curators Ruth and Neil and then we were free to wander around.

From items such as waste bins made from cans to necklaces made of rolled up newspapers, pencil cases made from carrier bags to intricate children’s toys made of nuts and bolts, it really does change the way you look at your trash!

*I was invited to this event but all opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way*


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