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Subject: Conference on plastics--addendum

Conference on plastics--addendum

From: Brenda Keneghan <b.keneghan>
Date: Monday, March 12, 2007
Plastics - Looking at the Future and Learning from the Past
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
23-25 May 2007

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Wednesday 23 May, 2007

    10:15 - 11:00       Registration and Coffee

    11:00               Welcome
                            Mark Jones
                            Director of Victoria and Albert Museum

    11:30               You Collected What? The Risks and Rewards of
                        Acquiring Cellulose Nitrate
                            Mary Coughlin and Ann Seeger, National
                            Museum of American History, Washington

    12:00               Early Cellulose Nitrate Coatings on
                        Furniture of the Company of Modern Craftsmen
                            Angela Meincke, Museum of Fine Arts,

    12:30               Gabo's Changing Reality: The Demise of
                        Construction in Space: Two Cones
                            Beth Price, Philadelphia Museum of Art

    13:00               Lunch (included in registration fee)

    14:30               Conservation of Plastics: Is it Possible
                            Yvonne Shashoua, National Museum of

    15:00               Preventive Conservation Research for
                        Plastics on Open Display
                            David Thickett, English Heritage, London

    15:30               Lights out: Research into the Conservation
                        of Polypropylene
                            Thea van Oosten, Netherlands Institute
                            for Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam

    16:00               Tea

    16:30               Site-Specific Polythene: Experiments in
                            Pamela Wells, visual artist, UK

    17:00               Plastics in Everyday Life: Polymorphous
                            Tom Fisher, Sheffield Hallam University

    17:30               Discussion and Close

                        Evening reception

Thursday 24 May, 2007

    10:15               Conservation: Restoration of 20th Century
                        Collections at The Homewood and 2 Willow
                            Fiona Macalister, The National Trust,

    10:45               Slowing Down the Degradation of Cellulose
                            Susan Mossman, Science Museum, London

    11:15               Coffee

    11:45               Houston We Have a Problem: When Flying
                        Saucers Become Brittle
                            Tim Bechthold, Staatliches Museum,

    12:15               The Conservation of Polymers used in
                        Horology since the 19th Century
                            Annick Vuissoz, Hautes Ecole Arts
                            Appliques, Geneva

    12:45               Lunch (included in registration fee)

    14:00               Go With the Flow: Scientific Research and
                        Conservation Options for a Floating Glass
                        Fibre Polyester Sculpture and Considerations
                        of Artist's Intent
                            Lydia Beerkens, Stichtung Restauratie
                            Aterier Limburg, Maastricht

    14:30               Educating Conservation of Modern Materials:
                        Case Studies
                            Friederike Waentig, Institute for
                            Conservation Sciences, Cologne

    15:00               Matthew Barney's Stadium: A Treatment of
                            Margo Delidow,  Sculpture Conservation
                            Intern, Museum of Modern Art, New York

    15:30               Tea

    16:00               Hazards at Home
                            Erin Leary, Cooper-Hewitt National
                            Design Museum, New York
                            Chris Youssef, Guenther 5 Architects,
                            New York

    16:30               A Plastic Story
                            Emma Neuberg,  Independent Artist and
                            Designer, London

    17:00               Discussion and Close

Friday 25 May 2007

    10:15               Challenge of Materials? A New Approach to
                        Collecting Modern Materials at the Science
                            Fran David, Science Museum, London

    10:45               Acquiring Plastics at the Victoria and
                        Albert Museum
                            Suzanne Smith, V&A

    11:15               Coffee

    11:45               Innovative Conservation: Scenarios for
                        Future Collaborations
                            Louise Cone, Statens Museum for Kunst,

    12:15               Exploring Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning
                        of Plastic Sculptures
                            Lyndsey Morgan, Tate, London

    12:45               Lunch (included in registration fee)

    14:00               You Can Have a New One, It'll be Better
                        Anyway: Plastic Challenging Art Insurance
                            Thomas Wessel, AXA Art Group, Cologne

    14:30               Overblown and Stretching Belief:
                        Implications of the Brief Life of Rubber
                        Components in the MIMA jewellery Collection
                            Cordelia Rogerson, Textile Conservation
                            Centre, University of Southampton

    15:00               Tea

    16:00               Design and Sustainability
                            Steve Akhurst, Plastics Historical
                            Society, London

    16:30               Utilising waste plastic in design practice
                            Rosie Hornbuckle, Sustainable Design
                            Research Centre,  Kingston University

    17:00               Final Discussion and Close

Fees UKP195 and UKP145 (student / concessions). Registration fee
includes all refreshments and a full set of post-prints.

Booking at


Further details contact b.keneghan [at] vam__ac__uk

Dr Brenda Keneghan
Polymer Scientist
Conservation Department
Victoria and Albert Museum
South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
+44 20 7942 2119
Fax: +44 20 7942 2092

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