PRESERVATION OF PLASTICS COLLECTIONS #C99-02
OCTOBER 7-9, 1998
What It's About: This course provides the basics in the chemistry of plastics, with a focus on collections care. Laboratory sessions and demonstrations will supplement lectures and presentations. Topics to be covered include: introductory polymer chemistry; introductory polymet physics; plastics manufacturing; history of plastics; deterioration of plastics, introductory plastics identification; preservation of plastics; and general plastics connoisseurship.
Who Should Attend: This course is tailored to those who will be dealing with plastics collections, particularly conservators and collections managers. The material will be presented at level equivalent to a college course for non-science majors. Some knowledge of basic chemistry is helpful; review materials will be made available before the course for those who need a refresher.
Instructors: Dr. Mary T. Baker, Polymer Chemist, and other SCMRE staff. Guest lectures and presentations by plastics collections experts.
Course Fee: $250.00 per person (lunch included)
Enrollment: 30 participants
Time: Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Deadline: July 20, 1998
Location: Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, Museum Support Center
For Information: Francine T. Lewis 301-238-3700 x102
To apply: Please fill out course registration form.