LITTER MUSEUM

Welcome to the Great British Litter Museum! A unique collection of vintage litter finds from around Great Britain (and beyond).

To qualify for entry into the museum items must have been found during a litter pick, river clean or beach clean, be clearly identifiable and produced/littered in the 1900s.

 

WHERE DID IT BEGIN?

Inspiration for my mini museum collection came back in 2018 after stumbling across websites such as museumoflitter.org and museumofbeyond.org.

I was already sharing my #VintageLitter finds across social media and was lucky enough to feature in the national press and radio numerous times.

I also used my growing collection as a mini litter museum during school visits and talks with local community groups.

In 2019 I decided to formally catalog my vintage litter finds and add them to the Rubbish Walks website. I remember posting  “Maybe I’ll have time to create my mini museum of litter in 2020”. Little did I know at the time that a worldwide pandemic was around the corner and just how much time I would have!

I continue to be inspired by other groups and individuals who have their own mini museums/collections of litter and love seeing their finds. Every collection is unique and every single one helps to reinforce just how long these items persist in the environment. 

Sept 2018

Sept 2019

VIEW BY COLLECTIONS

Mersons Sterilized Surgical Suture Size 1

Mersons Sterilized Surgical Suture Size 1

Top Deck Lemonade Shandy Can 1985

Top Deck Lemonade Shandy Can 1985

Crawfords Cheese Extra Specials Sandwich Biscuits Wrapper 1972

Crawfords Cheese Extra Specials Sandwich Biscuits Wrapper 1972

Twix Wrapper Special Price 17p 1988

Twix Wrapper Special Price 17p 1988

Smiths Crisps Packet Bovril Flavour Kodak Offer 1972

Smiths Crisps Packet Bovril Flavour Kodak Offer 1972

Pot Noodle Cheese And Tomato Pot 1980s

Pot Noodle Cheese And Tomato Pot 1980s

Fairy Liquid Bottle 1980s

Fairy Liquid Bottle 1980s

Birds Eye Brussels Sprouts Bag 1972

Birds Eye Brussels Sprouts Bag 1972

Dairy Crest Glass Milk Bottle 1960s

Dairy Crest Glass Milk Bottle 1960s

St Michael Raspberry Royale Dessert Lid 1970s

St Michael Raspberry Royale Dessert Lid 1970s

Chipmunks Oxo Flavoured Crisps Packet 1970s

Chipmunks Oxo Flavoured Crisps Packet 1970s

Quatro Fruit Flavoured Drink Can 1986

Quatro Fruit Flavoured Drink Can 1986

Crawfords Tartan Shortbread Packet 1972

Crawfords Tartan Shortbread Packet 1972

Tricidine Medication Tube 1969

Tricidine Medication Tube 1969

Spar Mintos Sweets Bag 1972

Spar Mintos Sweets Bag 1972

Marks And Spencer Centenary Year Carrier Bag 1984

Marks And Spencer Centenary Year Carrier Bag 1984

Barker And Dobson Princess Almonds Bag 1972

Barker And Dobson Princess Almonds Bag 1972

Stork Margarine Tub 1971

Stork Margarine Tub 1971

Budweiser Lager Can 1988

Budweiser Lager Can 1988

Birds Eye Crinkle Cut Chips Bag 1970s

Birds Eye Crinkle Cut Chips Bag 1970s

Sukie SunKap Orange Drink Glass Bottle 1960s

Sukie SunKap Orange Drink Glass Bottle 1960s

Golden Wonder Ready Salted Crisps Packet 1970s

Golden Wonder Ready Salted Crisps Packet 1970s

Chocolate Treets Packet 1970s

Chocolate Treets Packet 1970s

ICI Dufix Adhesive Bottle 1960’s

ICI Dufix Adhesive Bottle 1960’s

Youngers Tartan Bitter Can 1980s

Youngers Tartan Bitter Can 1980s

Smiths Monster Munch Packet Bike Blaster Promo 1992

Smiths Monster Munch Packet Bike Blaster Promo 1992

Wondermash Dried Mashed Potato Packet 1972

Wondermash Dried Mashed Potato Packet 1972

Carlsberg Lager Can British Olympic Team Sponsor 1992

Carlsberg Lager Can British Olympic Team Sponsor 1992

Vitalite Light Sunflower Spread 1980s

Vitalite Light Sunflower Spread 1980s

Fosters Lager Can Front 1987

Fosters Lager Can Front 1987

Walkers Crisps Packet 1994

Walkers Crisps Packet 1994

Dairy Crest Clover Spread Lid 1989

Dairy Crest Clover Spread Lid 1989

Lucazade Can 1980s

Lucazade Can 1980s

Spar Bleach Bottle 1960s

Spar Bleach Bottle 1960s

Cadburys Smash Instant Mashed Potato Packet Front 1980s

Cadburys Smash Instant Mashed Potato Packet Front 1980s

Nik-Naks Corn Snacks Packet Front 1980s

Nik-Naks Corn Snacks Packet Front 1980s

KP Salted Peanuts Packet Front 1980s

KP Salted Peanuts Packet Front 1980s

Miller High Life Beer Can 1970s

Miller High Life Beer Can 1970s

KP Foods Hula Hoops Packet Front Top 40 Singles Promo 1985

KP Foods Hula Hoops Packet Front Top 40 Singles Promo 1985

Brewsters Lager Can Front 1994

Brewsters Lager Can Front 1994

COHSE Diary Front 1969

COHSE Diary Front 1969

Walkers Crinkle Crisps Packet Instant Win Promo 1995

Walkers Crinkle Crisps Packet Instant Win Promo 1995

Walkers Crisps Packet Front 1988

Walkers Crisps Packet Front 1988

Walkers Monster Munch Packet Tazos Promo 1996

Walkers Monster Munch Packet Tazos Promo 1996

Hofmeister Lager Big Value Can 1989

Hofmeister Lager Big Value Can 1989

Monster Munch Packet Grippa Clippa Promo 1995

Monster Munch Packet Grippa Clippa Promo 1995

Tesco Carrier Bag 1980s

Tesco Carrier Bag 1980s

Carling Black Label Lager Can 1987

Carling Black Label Lager Can 1987

Lyons Maid The Flash Lolly Stick 1978

Lyons Maid The Flash Lolly Stick 1978

Fanta Orangeade Can 1980s

Fanta Orangeade Can 1980s

Golden Wonder Crisp Packet Disney Parade Promo 1972

Golden Wonder Crisp Packet Disney Parade Promo 1972

Liquid Gumption Bathroom Cleaner Bottle 1970s

Liquid Gumption Bathroom Cleaner Bottle 1970s

Tesco Crisps Packet 1988

Tesco Crisps Packet 1988

Pascall Murray Murray Mints Packet 1960s

Pascall Murray Murray Mints Packet 1960s

Dr Pepper Drink Can 1993

Dr Pepper Drink Can 1993

Walkers French Fries Packet 1998

Walkers French Fries Packet 1998

Philip Morris Plastic Flip Top Cigarette Packet 1969

Philip Morris Plastic Flip Top Cigarette Packet 1969

Appletise Can 1980s

Appletise Can 1980s

Coca Cola Can Thirst For It T Shirt Promo 1997

Coca Cola Can Thirst For It T Shirt Promo 1997

Walkers Quavers Crisp Packet Front 1996

Walkers Quavers Crisp Packet Front 1996

Tango Orangeade Can With Record Token Offer 1980s

Tango Orangeade Can With Record Token Offer 1980s

Jacobs Cheeslets Packet Front 1995

Jacobs Cheeslets Packet Front 1995

Walkers Salt And Lineker Crisps Packet 1999

Walkers Salt And Lineker Crisps Packet 1999

Holsten Pils Lager Can Front 1980s

Holsten Pils Lager Can Front 1980s

The Bash Street Kids Corn Snacks Packet 1999

The Bash Street Kids Corn Snacks Packet 1999

Royal Dutch Lager Can Front 1985

Royal Dutch Lager Can Front 1985

Asda Crisps Packet Front 1998

Asda Crisps Packet Front 1998

Spar Cheezies Corn Puffs Packet Front 1998

Spar Cheezies Corn Puffs Packet Front 1998

St Ivel Prize Yogurt Pot 1980s

St Ivel Prize Yogurt Pot 1980s

Copperhead Cider Can Front 1980s

Copperhead Cider Can Front 1980s

Walkers Crisps Packet 1 Million Cheques Promo 1997

Walkers Crisps Packet 1 Million Cheques Promo 1997

Hansa Lager Can Front 1980s

Hansa Lager Can Front 1980s

Discos Crisps Packet Smash Hits Promo 1999

Discos Crisps Packet Smash Hits Promo 1999

Diet Sunkist Can Water Sports Promo 1990

Diet Sunkist Can Water Sports Promo 1990

Walkers Crisps Packet Royal Mint Scoop Promo 1993

Walkers Crisps Packet Royal Mint Scoop Promo 1993

Lyons Maid Wonder Woman Lolly Stick 1978

Lyons Maid Wonder Woman Lolly Stick 1978

Dairy Crest Strawberry Yogurt Pot 1960s

Dairy Crest Strawberry Yogurt Pot 1960s

Walkers Crisps Packet Spice Girls Promo 1997

Walkers Crisps Packet Spice Girls Promo 1997

Ribena Can 1989

Ribena Can 1989

Diet Pepsi Can 1993

Diet Pepsi Can 1993

Brobat Bleach Bottle 1960s

Brobat Bleach Bottle 1960s

Chivers Raspberry Jam Plastic Lid 1960s

Chivers Raspberry Jam Plastic Lid 1960s

Coca Cola Can Olympics Promo 1988

Coca Cola Can Olympics Promo 1988

Walkers Crisp Packet With Back To School Offer 1999

Walkers Crisp Packet With Back To School Offer 1999

Schweppes Blackcurrant Drink Glass Bottle 1986

Schweppes Blackcurrant Drink Glass Bottle 1986

Sealink Butter Pot Cap

Sealink Butter Pot Cap

Smith Salt n Shake Crisp Packet 1985

Smith Salt n Shake Crisp Packet 1985

Skol Lager Can 1989

Skol Lager Can 1989

Walkers Crisps Star Wars Promo 1997

Walkers Crisps Star Wars Promo 1997

Mars Bar Wrapper 1994

Mars Bar Wrapper 1994

KP Choc Dips Pot 1984

KP Choc Dips Pot 1984

7Up Can 1986

7Up Can 1986

Big D Salted Peanuts Packet 1983

Big D Salted Peanuts Packet 1983

Bounty Bar 1986

Bounty Bar 1986

Tony Tiger Bike Reflector 1988

Tony Tiger Bike Reflector 1988

54321 Bar 1980s

54321 Bar 1980s

Walkers Crisp Packet 1992

Walkers Crisp Packet 1992

Persil Automatic Measuring Cup 1978

Persil Automatic Measuring Cup 1978

Golden Wonder Crisp Packet 1996

Golden Wonder Crisp Packet 1996

Budweiser Beer Can 1998

Budweiser Beer Can 1998

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Would you like your vintage litter find included in the museum?

We hope to build an interesting and useful resource for all to share and enjoy so we are constantly on the look out for new additions to the museum.

There are two ways your old litter can be featured – you can send us the item to include in the physical collection or you can send us an image and details to feature in the virtual collection.*

* Our main focus is to build a comprehensive physical collection of litter. However, we understand that you may wish to keep your item for your own collection/mini museum. As with any museum we think its important that all  collections remain unique as this will add interest and variety for the visitor/viewer, therefore we ask that any submitted items of litter for the ‘virtual collection’ should not be part of any other existing virtual litter collection.