A Plastics Museum? For whom? (Sara Marques da Cruz)

Lisboa, June 21 2018, 13h
Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the NOVA University, Building VII, Seminar Room António Manuel Nunes dos Santos
This conference is part of the CIUHCT Lectures cycle.


As part of the project "The Triumph of Bakelite - Contributions to a History of Plastics in Portugal" (Ref.: PTDC / IVC-HFC / 5174/2014), developed at the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciência e Tecnologia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa,  (CIUHCT / FCUL), we are developing an Exhibition on the History of Plastics in partnership with the Museum of Leiria.

The plastic is the engine and facilitator of great scientific achievements of the human intellect, but also the image of humanity's most pressing concerns. Involve us, mold us, clothe us, carry us, heal us ... afflicts us. What material is this? What have we done with it? What did he do to us?

We intend to highlight the importance of Historic Polymeric Materials (HIPOMs) in their relationship with the history of industry, design, consumption, mentalities and science in Portugal, through a process of musealization, in progress. These processes always raise doubts related to their relevance. Who can be interested in a cluster of static pieces in showcases?
In the case of HIPOMs, due to the novelty of their consideration as "museum objects" in Portugal, the difficulties of building a non-existent collection and solving preservation and restoration problems are added, whose techniques applied to plastic are still incipient.

The Exhibition gains validity if it is participatory, if it enhances the cross between the interior world of the visitor and the artifacts and contents of the museum. Participate with us in this construction.

About the speaker

Sara Marques da Cruz holds a B.Sc. in History (2007), scientific branch, with Very Good of final evaluation by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, Lisbon (Portugal). Under the Erasmus program (2006) attended the academic year in Universidad de Salamanca - Faculty of Geography and History, Salamanca (Spain). During the years 2009-2012 attended the doctoral program "Society, power and culture in the Hispanic and European medieval age” at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Faculty of Geography and History, Madrid (Spain); in this period worked as a volunteer at Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid (Spain).

Since 2015 has worked at the Museu de Leiria (Portugal), on the fields of research and content production for exhibitions, inventory of the museum collection and as a consultant for elaboration of contents of an eminently historical nature, for museographic projects as CDIl – Center for Intercultural Dialogue of Leiria.

Since 2017 has worked as a research fellow in the project “The Triumph of Bakelite - Contributions for a History of Plastics in Portugal” (Ref.: PTDC/IVC-HFC/5174/2014), founded by FCT (Portuguese National Funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology), and developed in the Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciência e Tecnologia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, (CIUHCT/FCUL).