THE POLYMUSE PROJECT
A national framework for managing malignant plastics in museum collections.
Project Aim: To develop methods for extending the lifespan of at risk malignant plastic or polymer based materials in museum collections.
Museums are confronting collections, composed of growing numbers of plastic or polymer-based materials, needing better preservation. With a relatively short life expectancy and due to the contemporary nature of plastics, conservators have fledgling expertise for facing this issue.
A collaborative project (2017–2020) funded by the Australian Research Council, PolyMuse brings together a national pool of museum professionals and scientists.
• Create a conservation framework and database where information can be shared.
• Provide guidelines to enable informed decision-making when conserving cultural heritage that contain plastics.
• Benefit and reduce risk to vulnerable sections of Australia’s massive cultural collections.