A national framework for managing malignant plastics in museum collections
Grant number: LP160100160 | Funding period: 2016 - 2022
A national framework for managing malignant plastics in museum collections. This collaborative project between three universities, four museums and an art gallery aims to discover how to predict and increase the lifespan of malignant plastics or polymers by studying their identification, deterioration and conservation. 5 to 80% of museum collections, composed of growing numbers of plastic or polymer-based materials, need better preservation. Conservators do not have much expertise in preserving plastics, which are contemporary and have a relatively short life expectancy. This project intends to provide museums with a model for prioritising and effectively allocating resources to preserve a v..View full description
Related publications (2)
Non-invasive identification of polymers in cultural heritage collections: evaluation, optimisation and application of portable FTIR (ATR and external reflectance) spectroscopy to three-dimensional polymer-based objects
Julianne Bell, Petronella Nel, Barbara Stuart
The conservation of polymer-based cultural heritage is a major concern for collecting institutions internationally. Collections in..