Preserving history is a huge responsibility; organisations such as museums, churches and schools are often faced with the challenge of keeping historical documents, objects and artefacts safe and protected, especially when these items are put on public display.

Displaying items of historical significance in glass enclosures was a common practice until the advent of acrylic, which was found to be safer and more economical. However, acrylic can be easily damaged in public areas by accident or an act of vandalism.

Allplastics Engineering was approached by the Corunna Wesleyan Methodist Church in the picturesque south coast of New South Wales to fabricate a sealed, clear showcase from unbreakable polycarbonate. The church sought to display antique church window frames dating back to 1914 in the showcase. Custom machined polycarbonate spacers were used to join the back and front panels while providing rigidity on the corners.

Polycarbonate has 250 times the strength of glass, thereby, offering a more robust solution for the public display of rare and valuable items.

Mr Harry Bate, who handled the project, commented: “Allplastics were incredibly cooperative in fabricating a very unique solution for a challenging project for our church. We thank them for their contribution to the success of this project.”

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