West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (Chichester, UK) will be hosting the live online course An Introduction to Plastic Materials on Wednesday 17th November 2021.
Learn about the history and development of the numerous types of plastic materials that are commonly found in museum and gallery collections. Explore their different production methods. Through lectures and visual examples discover how the stabilities of the materials may differ from one another. The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in plastics in the context of museum and gallery collections. It is suitable for recent graduates and more experienced professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of plastics. This will include anyone involved in collections management including curators, conservators, gallery assistants. It will also be of interest to collectors and designers. Through lectures, exercises and examples, you will develop your awareness of the variety of plastics materials available and their different properties. Using examples from the West Dean Collection and other objects, 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 day you will have learned about the historical development of plastics, where they commonly occur in collections, and have an awareness of their varying instabilities.
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