The museum is holding a hands on conservation day on Saturday 6 July, 10.30 to 4.
Come and learn more about caring for your precious plastics, from treasured toys to household gadgets. How do you handle, pack and store them safely? What are the best ways to display them without causing damage? What danger signs should you be looking out for? What is the best way to clean them?
Bring your queries and worries to a conservator and try your hand at conservation grade packing. Learn about designing mounts and displaying plastic items. Come and have a close-up look at plastics under the microscope and learn more about what they are made of. Find out more about what a conservator does to care for objects in a museum collection.
Helena Jaeschke is a professionally accredited conservator working with museums across the south west. Having trained in archaeological conservation she has spent 30 years working in the UK and overseas on a wide range of objects from fossils to modern plastics, Egyptian mummies to toy cows. Her research speciality is oriental lacquer, especially artefacts from Japan.
Admission prices are Adults £4.50, Concessions £3.50 and Children FREE (up to 2 free children per 1 full paying adult or concession, additional child £1). Standard admission tickets are now valid for 12 months; with the exception of some special events and ticketed events, you can use your ticket to visit as many times as you like during normal opening hours. Admission for the bearer is FREE for this event if an object is brought in for advice.
This event has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. If you would like any further information please contact the museum.
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