Collection Activities Archives: Treatment & Conservation

Care of Plastics

More and more, the collections in our institutions are featuring elements of plastic.  Varying and temperamental, this material requires special care and storage. Christine Frohnert, Conservator of Contemporary Art, Modern Materials and Media,  and Odile Madden, Research Scientist, Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution were featured speakers in the live chat webinar event “Care of Plastics”. […]

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Selecting a Conservator

Even the most well-meaning and well-informed personnel cannot and should not perform all the collections care tasks that their artifacts need.  Consulting a conservator is good practice when planning any collections care activity but hiring one is particularly recommended when working with specialized collections, delicate conditions, extensive projects, or dangerous materials. How does one find […]

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