Mathmos Lava Lamp Heritage

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Mathmos Lava Lamps in the 1960s & 70s

The Mathmos story begins with the invention of the Astro lava lamp in 1963 by our founder Edward Craven Walker. Craven Walker was a great British inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. Aside from inventing the lava lamp and various other patented inventions, he also made underwater naturist films, owned helicopters and fire engines, was a Second World War pilot, entertained the cast of the 60s musical Hair and owned a naturist camp in Dorset.

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Mathmos Lava Lamps in the 1990s

The Craven Walkers wanting to retire, teamed up with young entrepreneurs Cressida Granger and David Mulley in 1989, who launched the lava lamp to a new generation. Part of the relaunch included changing the company name from Crestworth to Mathmos in 1992. The word Mathmos is taken from the cult 1960s film Barbarella. Millions of Mathmos lava lamps were manufactured in Dorset in this period and sold throughout the world, gaining a host of business and marketing awards, including two Queens Awards for Export.

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Mathmos Lava Lamps - 00s to Now

Mathmos Lava Lamps 00s to now

Mathmos have designed and developed many award-winning lamps over the years. Innovations in lava lamps include our range of candle powered lava lamps, our new generation child safe lava lamp Neo and Neo wall, the only wall-mounted lava lamp, together with our range of giant lava lamps. Our factory is still based in Poole, Dorset where our lamps have been in continuous production since their invention in 1963. We are proud of our long British manufacturing history, our high quality and our heritage of invention and design.

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I think it will always be popular. It’s like the cycle of life. It grows, breaks up, falls down and then starts all over again
Edward Craven Walker 1918 -2000