The effect of high energy radiation on polyethylene is to crosslink it, and connect it into an elastic network above the melting point. In this paper the creep and recovery properties of a stabilized polyethylene subjected to doses from 100 to 870 kGy are measured at 150/sup 0/C. Two cycles are measured - Creep I + Recovery I, and Creep II + Recovery II -mainly over periods of 20 min. The creep or recovery behaviour falls into three steps - immediate, fast and slow, and data are given for these steps together with the time parameter. The first cycle includes a non-recoverable creep which is almost absent in the second cycle.