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Workshop on plastics

From: Masse Emilie <emilie.masse<-at->
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013

Simple practical methods to identify plastics in museum collections
Institut national du patrimoine
March 25-26, 2013

Objectives:  The aim of this workshop is to give participants the
basic essentials of how an experienced conservator, curator or
collector can identify plastics items by simple, non-invasive
observational techniques using their natural senses of sight,
hearing, touch and smell.  Color and transparency, surface finish,
production method, physical properties and type of degradation all
will create mental sub-lists of possible polymers, and an analysis
of this sub-list should point to the correct material

Speakers: Friederike Waentig, professor at the University of Applied
Sciences Cologne, CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Science),
teaches conservation of wood and plastics and preventive
conservation at the University.  She is also part of a research
program about history of plastics.

Colin Williamson, plastics technologist, founder and member of the
Plastics Historical Society of London: he has dedicated over more
than 40 years in the plastics materials industries.  He is
considered to be an expert in non-invasive identification of early


Day 1
March, 25, 2013

    What are plastics?
    Historical development of plastics
    Formulating and producing plastics
    In which collections you can find plastics?
    Physical and chemical properties of plastics
    Degradation of plastics
    Conservation of art works made of plastics
    Showing and discussing case studies
    Looking at plastics
    Describing and finding out the differences between plastics
    What does the surface feel and look like?

Day 2
March, 26, 2013

    Storage, handling and display
    Temperature, humidity, light and pollutants
    Typical degradation and statu quo in conservation
    Micro chemical tests
    Identification of plastics using destructive and non-destructive

Registration fee: 530 Euro


    Nathalie Le Dantec
    responsible for continuing education

    Emilie Masse
    registration and organization
    +33 1 49 46 57 92

Send registration to:

    Emilie Masse
    Institut national du patrimoine
    Departement des restaurateurs
    150 Avenue du President Wilson
    93210 Saint-Denis la Plaine

Emilie Masse
Institut National du Patrimoine
Departement des Restaurateurs
Formation Permanente
150 avenue du President Wilson
93 210 Saint-Denis La Plaine
+31 1 49 46 57 04
Fax: +31 1 49 46 57 01

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