Conservation of Plastics Professional Workshop 

October 9-12, 2018, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $650.00

Instructor: Yvonne Shashoua,PhD,  Senior Researcher, Conservation Science, 
National Museum of Denmark
Organizers: Cindie Kehlet, Sarah Nunberg

Course limited to 18 participants, open to mid-career conservators, 
conservation scientists and curators.

To Apply: Please send a statement of interest and resume to Sarah Nunberg,
Deadline for Application:  September 5, 2018

Course Description: This four day course is divided equally between theoretical 
and practical sessions.  Conservation of Plastics will enable participants to 
identify the major families of polymers in heritage collections and the most 
problematic additives, understand the causes of degradation in common plastics 
types and to recognize and monitor their symptoms in objects.  The state of the 
art for preventive conservation will be discussed and include the latest 
research on the effectiveness of adsorbents and cold storage. Through practical 
work, participants will also learn and  practice the least damaging techniques 
to clean, adhere and consolidate plastics as films and foams.  New generation 
plastics coming into collections including recycled and bioplastics will  also 
be discussed.  


Yvonne Shashoua is a Senior Researcher at the National Museum of Denmark 
investigating the degradation and conservation of plastics.  After graduating 
in industrial chemistry she worked as a paint technologist. She joined the 
British Museum as a conservation scientist in 1988, specializing in the 
deterioration reactions and conservation of cellulose nitrate, cellulose 
acetate and rubber from 1995. Yvonne relocated to Denmark in 1998 when offered 
a PhD scholarship in the degradation pathways and conservation of plasticized 
PVC at the Danish Technical University and National Museum.  She has more than 
100 publications including a monograph ´Conservation of Plastics-materials 
science, degradation and preservation´ published by Elsevier in 2008.  Yvonne 
was coordinator of International Council of Museums – Committee for 
Conservation´s working group Modern Materials and Contemporary Art until 2008. 
Current active research interests include the stability of bioplastics, the 
application of nanomaterials to clean and consolidate modern artworks and the 
transfer of knowledge of plastics in museums to plastics in the environment.


Day 1: Introduction and aims
Historical development of plastics  
Chemistry and physics of plastics
Plastics  properties  

Practical session to identify types of plastics using non-destructive and 
destructive tests

Day 2: Why don’t plastics last forever-degradation happens!                     
Conservation of plastics-intelligent inhibitive
Practical session to recognize, document  and monitor deterioration of plastics 
Use of adsorbents and low temperatures to slow deterioration

Day 3: 
Challenges of active conservation of plastics Cleaning plastics
Cleaning it up –practical
Sticking together-practical

Day 4: 

Adhering and filling plastics-latest research findings
Designing conservation strategies for plastics 
Case histories from participants

 Future directions for  new generation plastics and their conservation

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