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.