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Strategy for the preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collections

Objective

During the twentieth century artists have used plastics and synthetics to create important pieces that are recognized nowadays as masterpieces. Unfortunately some plastics are degrading faster than had been expected and their preservation constitutes a challenge. Their is a lack of knowledge and agreement about the way we can exhibit, clean and store them in order to lower their deterioration speed. The focus of this project will be on art museum collections created with synthetic polymers (typically cellulose nitrate and acetates, poly (vinyl chloride), poly (methyl metacrylate) with a special interest into polyurethanes objects or coatings) and will focus on three dimensional objects as these frequently exhibit physical degradation. The objective is to develop a European wide accepted strategy that improves preservation and maintenance of plastic objects in museum collections. Based on scientific studies and experiences gathered from partners, it is proposed to evaluate and establish recommended practices and risk associated for exhibiting, cleaning and storing these artefacts.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polyurethane
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 640 350,40
Administrative Contact
Rachid Samiaa (Mr.)

Participants (11)

INSTITUUT COLLECTIE NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 155 522,25
Address
N/a
1070 Amsterdam
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henriëtte Van Der Linden (Ms.)
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 155 360
Address
Cromwell Road, South Kensington
SW7 2RL London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tim Riches (Mr.)
NATIONALMUSEET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 160 662,40
Address
Frederiksholms Kanal 12
1220 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Broensted (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 291 061,85
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pier Luigi Emiliani (Dr.)
MINISTERIE VAN ONDERWIJS, CULTUUR EN WETENSCHAP
Netherlands
Address
Rijnstraat 50
2500 BJ Den Haag
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henriëtte Van Der Linden (Ms.)
USTAV POLYMEROV - SLOVENSKA AKADEMIA VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 177 840
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
84541 Bratislava 45
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zuzana Hlouskova (Dr.)
ATELIER REGIONAL DE CONSERVATION NUCLEART - ARC NUCLEART
France
EU contribution
€ 127 496,02
Address
Rue Des Martyrs 17
38054 Grenoble
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean Delepine (Mr.)
SOLMATES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 98 794,80
Address
Auke Vleerstraat 3
7521 PE Enschede
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Marie Te Riele (Mr.)
MORANA RTD DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 165 240
Address
Oslica 1B
1295 Ivancna Gorica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dusan Kolesa (Mr.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 127 327,80
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kent Lee (Mr.)
THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST
United States
Address
1200 Getty Center Drive
90049 Los Angeles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kathleen Gaines (Ms.)