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Materials in Conservation
is the definitive introduction to the properties of materials used in conservation. The continual struggle of conservators to ameliorate the deterioration of objects has led to increasing use of synthetic polymers. These materials are part of the sophisticated technology that has been developed to augment and often replace traditional materials and methods. Conservators therefore have a wider range of techniques available. However, they must be able to appreciate the potentials and pitfalls of any proposed technique.
The first section explains physical and chemical properties which are important in the conservation process, i.e. application, ageing, reversal. The topics covered include molecular weight, glass transition temperature, solubility and solvents, polymerisation and degradation reactions. The second section provides a detailed consideration of the individual materials, current and obsolete, used in conservation, drawing out the factors relevant to their effects on objects. The conservation uses of each material are summarised and referenced to allow further study. In five appendices, the properties of the polymers, solvents and their interactions are tabulated, with a list of suppliers and conversion table of physical units. IUPAC and SI nomenclature is used throughout the book.
In this second edition, this classic text is revised and updated to include modern materials such as cyclododecane, and current ideas on adhesion, consolidation and reversibility, making Materials in Conservation the definitive source of vital information in the field.
This handy reference book should be on the bench of every conservator and available wherever objects, from steam engines to dried plants, are preserved.
* Comprehensive coverage of material types used in conservation * Summarises key information for each material, including properties and effects * Affordable for both students and working conservators
The definitive guide to the properties and applications of materials used in the conservation of cultural heritage artefacts.
'I can hardly wait for the new edition to come out. I will have several copies bought for the CCI library so that I can have one permanently on my desk.' Jane Down, Senior Conservation Scientist, Canadian Conservation Institute.
About the Author
Velson Horie is a strategic planner with an international reputation in project management, research, and teaching. After a degree in chemistry, he trained in archaeological conservation at the Institute of Archaeology (London) where interest started in polymers and their use in conservation. As an archaeological conservator in the north-east of England, he pioneered the use of environmental control and the integration of conservation ideas into wider museum concerns. For 28 years he was Keeper of Conservation at The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, then was the Research Project Manager at the British Library coordinating an international and interdisciplinary study on the natural ageing of books. He has carried out conservation, research, and professional coordination primarily with organic materials, such as polymers, preserved animal skin, movie film, and degraded wood. He project managed and delivered a wide range of projects, from collaborative research to professional accreditation to a £21m capital development. All required, and benefited from, multi-disciplinary teams, focussed on quality improvements with clear public benefits. Teaching experience includes university lectures, a distance learning course on Chemistry for Conservators and professional updating courses on polymers, most recently involved with the design and delivery of a course Adhesives for Conservation for the American Institute for Conservation. He acts as a consultant to museums and other institutions on their development and Curatorial Advisor to the New Mills Heritage Centre. He has upwards of 80 publications and editorships, including Materials for Conservation and papers on film degradation and preservation. He is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, and the Museums Association, an Accredited Conservator-Restorer, and a professional Member of the Association for Project Management. He was on the board of the Institute of Conservation and its predecessor. He is currently Treasurer of the International Institute for Conservation.
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Table of Contents
PART I: BACKGROUND INFORMATION;
Introduction; Polymer science; Solvents; Adhesion; Uses and requirements of applied polymers-a summary;
PART II: SURVEY OF INDIVIDUAL POLYMERS;
Hydrocarbons; Vinyl acetate derived polymers; Acrylic resins; Miscellaneous synthetic thermoplastics; Polymers derived from cellulose; Natural water-soluble polymers; Natural resins; Cross-linking polymers; Fillers and colourants;
Polymer properties; Solvent properties, Polymer solution charts; Health and safety labelling, glossary.