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Strategy for the preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collections

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.
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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)

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INSTITUUT COLLECTIE NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 155 522,25

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 155 360

NATIONALMUSEET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 160 662,40

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 061,85

MINISTERIE VAN ONDERWIJS, CULTUUR EN WETENSCHAP

Netherlands

USTAV POLYMEROV - SLOVENSKA AKADEMIA VIED

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 177 840

ATELIER REGIONAL DE CONSERVATION NUCLEART - ARC NUCLEART

France

EU Contribution

€ 127 496,02

SOLMATES BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 98 794,80

MORANA RTD DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 165 240

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 127 327,80

THE J. PAUL GETTY TRUST

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 212218

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    31 March 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 920 273,53

  • EU contribution

    € 2 099 655,52

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France