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Course Adhesives Research Update
Date offered TBA
Location TBA
Instructor Jane Down
Institution Canadian Conservation Institute

Course Outline


This seminar will provide the most current information about the use of adhesives in conservation, providing conservators with a sound platform to make informed choices of suitable adhesives.


This is an advanced seminar designed to give participants a new appreciation for scientific research by reviewing work on poly(vinyl acetate), acrylic, and vinyl acetate/ethylene copolymer adhesives. The aging properties of many commercially available adhesives with respect to pH, emission of harmful volatiles, flexibility, cohesive strength, yellowing gloss, removability, and the effect that additives play will be discussed. This information will be presented in interactive lectures with slide presentations. Working in groups, participants will carry out exercises based on the lectures, and experiment with adhesives.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

Target Audience

Conservators and other professionals interested in adhesives applications in all areas of conservation

Attendance Maximum 25 participants
Duration 1 day
Instructor(s) Jane Down

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