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Identifying Plastics in Museum Collections: INP training, Paris

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 13:29

The aim of this workshop is to give participants the basic essentials of how an experienced conservator, curator or collector can identify plastics items by simple, non-invasive observational techniques using their natural senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell.

Color and transparency, surface finish, production method, physical properties and type of degradation all will create mental sub-lists of possible polymers, and an analysis of this sub-list should point to the correct material identification.


Friederike Waentig, professor at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, CICS (Cologne Institute of Conservation Science): she teaches conservation of wood and plastics and preventive conservation at the University. She is also part of a research program about history of plastics.

Colin Williamson, plastics technologist, founder and member of the Plastics Historical Society of London: he has dedicated over more than 40 years in the plastics materials industries. He is considered to be an expert in non-invasive identification of early plastics.


Nathalie Le Dantec, responsible for continuing education at the Inp

Nathalie Balcar, engineer at the C2RMF


Dates: March 2013 – 25th and 26th 2013

Registration fee:  € 530


Nathalie Le Dantec, responsible for continuing education:

Emilie Masse, registration and organization: / +33 1 49 46 57 92

Registration form to send to:

Emilie Masse - Institut national du patrimoine – département des restaurateurs,

150 Avenue du Président Wilson, 93210 Saint-Denis la Plaine, France.

Place of workshop :

Institut national du patrimoine (Inp)

Département des restaurateurs

150 avenue du Président Wilson

93210 Saint-Denis La Plaine


More information in the following PDF:

INP Training Identifying Plastics in Museum Collections

Here is also a link to a PDF with all of the INP training courses available in 2013:

INP Training 2013