Welcome to the POPART website !

POPART: an international collaborative research project about the preservation of plastic artefacts in museums

We are pleased to welcome you on the website of this international project who investigated on degradation and provided practical conservation guidance for plastic items in our cultural heritage. This work was financially supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.


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POPART Highlights website ! The results of the project

After 4 years of international collaboration, the new website gathering many materials from our researches on preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collections is now available!
It includes all the lectures of the conference, extracts from the book, posters presented at the conference, the samco database and much more.
Discover the website here:
http://popart-highlights.mnhn.fr (...)

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POPART book

POPART consortium has released a book presenting the results of the research done through the 4 years of POPART project.
"Preservation of plastic artefacts in museum collections"
Edited by the CTHS
Order the book here:
at the CTHS éditions
e-mail of the CTHS éditions
on amazon


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Workshop in Paris : "Stage de formation sur l’identification, la conservation et la restauration des plastiques"

Suite à la conférence POPART (7, 8 et 9 mars), l’Inp propose, du 12 au 14 mars, un stage d’approfondissement animé par Théa van Oosten, scientifique (Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands) et Anna Laganà, restauratrice d’art contemporain qui abordera de façon pratique, adaptée aux situations de terrain, l’identification des plastiques et les méthodes de conservation et de restauration s’y rattachant.
Plus d’information ici (...)

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Release of a new book: "PUR Facts: Conservation of Polyurethane Foam in Art and Design"

Release of a new book by Thea van Oosten, published by the RCE, Amsterdam University Press.
Flexible Polyurethane (PUR) foams have been used since the 1950s in textiles and furniture upholsteries, and in art and design objects that can now be found in museum collections. Composed from “short-life” consumer materials, these objects present severe conservation problems as they age. This book presents an in-depth examination of the challenges presented by PUR foams; the case studies of (...)

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POPART final conference 7-9 March 2012, Paris

“Preservation Of Plastic ARTefacts in museum collections”
The POPART project
POPART consortium organizes an international conference to disseminate the results of the project.
7 - 9 March 2012, PARIS, France
Venue: Auditorium Colbert, 2 rue de Vivienne, 75001 Paris, France
More info and registration here


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2 books about plastic conservation

Conservation of Plastics: Materials science, degradation and preservation
By Yvonne Shashoua (POPART partner: Natmus)
Plastic objects are included more than ever in museums and galleries collections these days, but these items can start to deteriorate when they a just a few years old. In this book Yvonne Shashoua provides the essential knowledge needed to keep plastic pieces in the best possible condition so that they can continue to be enjoyed for many years.
The historical development (...)

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Euronews TV report about POPART

In the frame of its program "Futuris", a television team of the news channel Euronews made an 8-minute report about POPART and the issue of the preservation of plastic artefacts at the CRCC and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
See the report here, on the Euronews website.


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Release of a new book : "PLASTICS - Looking at the Future and Learning from the Past"

Popart consortium is pleased to announce the new book on plastics by Brenda Keneghan and Louise Egan from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
"PLASTICS - Looking at the Future and Learning from the Past" (Archetype Publications in association with V&A)
Over the course of the past 150 years, the development and use of artificial plastics has burgeoned. Plastics are now ubiquitous and unavoidable, from the plastic bag and other items with functional uses - such as household, office, electrical (...)

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