International Academic Projects is organizing the following seminar with Yvonne Shashoua.
Thursday 19 May 2022, 3pm BST
Condition surveys of plastics in art, design, modern history, industrial and toy collections have indicated that around 75% show symptoms of degradation. Once these degradation reactions have started, they cannot be stopped but can be slowed using specific microclimates. Suitable environments may be achieved using ventilation, adsorbents, low oxygen and low temperatures. However before developing a preventive conservation strategy, it is essential to identify the major factors and pathways of degradation for each plastic of concern. This seminar discusses which storage environments are most effective for long term storage of the least stable semi-synthetic and synthetic plastics in heritage collections.
There will be a 55min presentation followed by 15min of discussion.
Yvonne Shashoua is Research Professor at the National Museum of Denmark specializing in the degradation and conservation of plastics. She had published extensively in this field including the monograph Conservation of Plastics-Materials Science, Degradation and Preservation, Elsevier, 2008. Since 2014, she has applied her knowledge of degradation of plastics in cultural heritage to the natural environment and sustainable alternatives for petroleum-based plastics.