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COMPLEX

COMPLEX will explore a system dynamics approach to understanding and managing the degradation of plastic museum objects in collections. This is an interdisciplinary project where conservators work with scientists to develop innovative methods to maintain plastic objects’ integrity and significance in collections.

Vision

COMPLEX aims to understand, model and predict the degradation of plastics in museum collections.

Objectives

COMPLEX has two key objectives: to explore a system dynamics approach to polymer degradation and to provide evidence-based strategies for storing and displaying plastic objects in museums.

Summary

COMPLEX is an interdisciplinary project which explores a novel approach to polymer degradation, aiming to help museums, art galleries and archives preserve the plastic objects in their collections.

People

The COMPLEX team is constituted of people of different backgrounds who share the same passion about the preservation of plastics in museums and collections.

Milestones

2018 has been a prolific research year for the COMPLEX project. See list of the teams activities and achievements here.