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Learning

UP CLOSE: Malignant Plastics

Many historic objects were made using chemically unstable plastics like celluloid, PVC, and rubber. Less than ideal for long-term preservation in a museum!

How do we race against time to preserve objects made from these historical, deteriorating plastics? And how do we identify which types of plastics will degrade, and which are more chemically stable?

Join us as we look at the development of some early plastics, examine military objects that used these materials in ground-breaking ways, and learn how the museum extends the life of these aging objects for future generations.

 

UP CLOSE: Rainbow Bright

From quilled rifle cases to handmade protest signs, RAM has plenty of colourful objects under our care. But how does the museum preserve colour of objects so they last for generations? It s a balance of light, material, and very careful calculations.

Take a deep dive to look at museum objects from a totally different perspective, learn how light and colour affect each other, and get a virtual behind-the-scenes look at the analytical techniques we use on objects.

UP CLOSE: Alberta Quiltmakers and Their Quilts

What stories can quilts tell us? How are quilting materials, designs and techniques unique to Alberta?

Join RAM s Assistant Curator of Daily Life and Leisure Lucie Heins to learn all about the Alberta Quilt Project. For six years, Lucie researched and documented quilts throughout Alberta to capture the history of quilting in the province, and uncover hidden community stories.

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