18.45 Welcome to the course and tutors
20.00 Historical development of plastics
Plastics production and properties
Theory and practical session to identify types of plastic using simple, non-destructive, destructive and instrumental techniques
Degradation of semi-synthetic and synthetic plastics
Preventive conservation of plastics
Practical session to recognise and monitor deterioration of plastics
Cleaning and adhering plastics in practice
Challenges of active conservation of plastics
Ups and Downs of plastics conservation, Stories of plastics conservation from the Science Museum and the Museum of London
Issue of certificates
15.30 Course ends.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Participants are invited to bring objects of their own to the course to study degradation phenomena.
The course is suitable for conservators, conservation scientists, curators and collection managers.
Yvonne is Object and Materials Conservation (OMC) Course Leader and a Senior Researcher in Modern Materials at the National Museum of Denmark. Her research into the degradation and conservation of plastics was gained both from working in the polymer industry and the British Museum.