Assessment of plastics in the National Trust: a case study at Mr Straw's House

Skipper, Lynda K. and Keneghan, Brenda (2013) Assessment of plastics in the National Trust: a case study at Mr Straw's House. e-conservation, Spring (25). pp. 196-203. ISSN 1646-9283

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The National Trust is a charity that cares for over 300 publically accessible historic buildings and their contents across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There have been few previous studies on preservation of plastics within National Trust collections, which form a significant part of the more modern collections of objects. This paper describes the design of an assessment system which was successfully trialled at Mr Straws House, a National Trust property in Worksop, UK. This system can now be used for future plastic surveys at other National Trust properties. In addition, the survey gave valuable information about the state of the collection, demonstrating that the plastics that are deteriorating are those that are known to be vulnerable, namely cellulose nitrate/acetate, PVC and rubber. Verifying this knowledge of the most vulnerable plastics enables us to recommend to properties across National Trust that these types should be seen as a priority for correct storage and in-depth recording.

Keywords:conservation, history, National Trust, Plastics, condition reporting, Mr Straws House
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W160 Fine Art Conservation
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:07 Feb 2013 10:53

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