Yhip 2019

Summer School/Research Seminar

Meeting Overview

The Yhip2019 Summer School/Research Seminar on Historic Polymeric Materials (HIPOMS) and Cultural Heritage Research will combine the ”Plastics Heritage: History, Limits and Possibilities” Congress with a two-day seminar course.

It intends to be an open forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present, exchange new data and inventive ideas and deepen their knowledge of the history of polymeric materials.

The focus of this meeting is to explore novel perspectives relevant to HIPOMS research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to meaning of HIPOMS in cultural heritage, examples of good practice for the preservation of early and modern HIPOMS, pertinent materials science and cultural research and sources of Hipoms (archaeology, objects, films, design, collections, museums, etc.)

The content of the presentations along with the format of the seminar will encourage free-form discussion and informal gatherings among emerging professionals in the diverse fields that impact historic polymeric materials research and plastics heritage conservation. This format will breed friendships that will hopefully blossom into fruitful collaborations.


Fee of Yhip 2019: 80 Euros (After 30 April: 100€);

Fee of Yhip 2019 & Conference: 125 Euros (After 30 April: 155€)

Upon request, the participants will receive a confirmation that the summer school/research seminar is equivalent to a workload of 2 ECTS.



Monday, 27 May 2019

3:00 pm – Introductory Comments

3:15 pm – Keynote Lecture

Robert FriedelSocial History and Plastics – Some Case Studies 
Discussion Leader: Gabriele Oropallo

4:15 pm – Oral Session 

O1 Julianne Bell and Cancy Chu, The PolyMuse Project: Challenges and Lessons in Australian Polymer Conservation Research

O2 Artur Neves, The plastics’ harbinger in Portugal: unveiling past production for celluloid’s preservation

4:45 pm – Poster Session & Snapshots

P1 Anthi Maria Soulioti, Under the radar: The Conservation of a 19th Century Plastic Stethoscope

P2 Élia Roldão, Contributions for the preservation of plastic negatives

P3 Eva Mariasole AngelinThe fate of colours in the 20th-21st centuries: preserving organic colorants in plastic artefacts

P4 Ilaria SaccaniStructures of air: PVC inflatable artifacts by Studio De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi and Franco Mazzucchelli installations

P5 Laura Pagnin, Multispectral Investigations for Characterizing UV-light Degradation of Modern Art Materials

P6 Sara BaboConservation studies on poly(methyl methacrylate): understanding the influence of industrial and artistic production processes on the degradation of Portuguese artworks with acrylic sheet

P7 Sofia Nunes, Cellulose acetate in works of art: exploring the causes of its degradation

6:00 pm – Keynote Lecture

Günter Lattermann, Heavy Presses, Hot forms: Early Plastics History
Discussion Leader: Robert Friedel

7:30 pm – Happy Hour & Dinne


Tuesday, 28 May 2019

10:00 am – Keynote Lecture

Anita Quye, Reactions, interactions and cross-linking: impactful pathways in plastics cultural heritage research
Discussion leader: Joana L. Ferreira

11:00 am – Oral Session 

O3 Anne Biber, Colours of a Collection: Surveying museum objects on the colouring of historic plastics

O4 Christina Elsässer and Anna Micheluz, Challenges and opportunities in assessing the effectiveness and harmfulness of storage conditions for three dimensional cellulose nitrate museum objects

O5 Maria Loerzel, “The Transparent Figures” – History, Materials, Production and Active Conservation

11:45 pm – Poster Session & Lunch

2:30 pm – Materialities & Heritage: a round-table discussion

4:00 pm – Concluding remarks

Chairs: Maria João Melo and Maria Elvira Callapez

Organizers: Artur Neves; Eva Mariasole Angelin; Susana Sá;

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