Where might you find it?

Some examples include:

  • Architecture – many 20th century construction materials.
  • Geology – asbestos and asbestiform minerals, e.g. actinolite, anthophyllite, amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite.
  • Marine vessels – used extensively in thermal insulation and fire protection materials.
  • Military – gas masks and respirators, machine guns, protective clothing.
  • Mining – gas lanterns, emergency rescue breathing apparatus.
  • Modern and contemporary art – artworks using 20th century construction materials.
  • Social history – materials requiring protection from high temperatures, e.g. oven gloves, fire fighters’ clothing, stoves, hairdryers, ironing boards.
  • Rail vehicles – used extensively in locomotives and carriages.
  • Road vehicles – brake linings, clutches, transmissions and exhaust systems.