Through lectures and using examples from the West Dean Collection and a handling collection, you will see how plastic materials were first introduced to the world and how their profile has changed over time. By the end of the course you will have learned about the historical development of plastics, where they commonly occur in collections, and have an awareness of their varying instabilities. The need to identify will be demonstrated and different approaches to identification will be discussed. Through a practical examination session, you will develop your awareness of the variety of plastics materials available and their different properties which may aid identification. You should also be able to identify the five most unstable materials and thus protect your collection.
At the end of this course students will have learned about the different types of plastics commonly found in heritage collections.
10.00-5.00: Introduction, Theory and Practical sessions
8.00-9.00: Films from the Plastics Historical Society Archive
9.00-4.00: Theory and practical sessions
4.00-4.30: Issue of certificates. Course ends
9.45am - Registration
10am -5pm - Course
8pm- 9pm - Film
9am - Course starts
4.30pm - Course ends
What students need to bring
A magnifying loupe and torch would be useful. Participants are welcome to bring their own objects for examination and discussion.