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Identifying plastics toolkit

The Identifying Plastics Toolkit consists of two parts:

• an online Identification route map, which you can use with objects from your own collection. It will help you find your way through the myriad of decisions to be made when identifying the specific plastics material from which an object may be made.

• a Travelling toolkit which is a physical resource that you can borrow free of charge. It aims to familiarise you with the characteristics of the plastics materials most frequently encountered within museum collections and provide a methodology to help in their identification.

Image bank of degraded plastic artefacts

This resource provides images of a range of plastics degrading for different reasons and in different ways.

Plastics SSN vision, mission, constitution and aspirations

Details of aims and objectives, Steering Group members, management, plans and aspirations

Record of the Plastics SSN's inaugural day of conversation

The Plastics Subject Specialist Network met to discuss the main priorities for further investigation and development. Read the transcript of their first day of discussions here.

Results of questionnaire sent to potential Plastics SSN members

It provides a record of who was involved, the questions asked and the answers received.

Making the most of your plastics

Permanent outcome form the Plastics SSN's MLA Implementation Grant project. The resource provides a timeline for the development of plastics and provides guidance on the identification of different plastics materials and their care and preservation.

Evaluation of the Plastic SSN's Implementation Project

Independent evaluation of the workshops held as part of the Plastic SSN's MLA Implementation Grant, including proposals for the future of the SSN, undertaken by the University of Liverpool's Evaluation Unit.

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