Investigating Adhesives for Expanded Polystyrene Foam: Preliminary Survey

Posted on Thu, 01/12/2023 - 22:10
Image of broken expanded polystyrene foam with the text: 'How would you conserve broken foam? Investigation into a suitable method for adhering breaks to expanded polystyrene foam objects.'.

Research is currently underway investigating suitable adhesives for expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam as part of a Durham University research project. Please help further this research by filling in this survey:

Even if you have no previous experience treating EPS, your answers to the survey would still be hugely valuable. The survey is being conducted to understand what adhesives have previously been used to treat breaks to expanded polystyrene foam, why these materials were chosen, and what conservators who haven't conserved EPS would consider using when presented with it. There is currently limited research into the conservation of expanded polystyrene foam which is a material that frequently features in contemporary artworks. Your responses will help shape further research into the conservation of EPS foam objects, promoting their preservation for future generations!

If you have any questions, queries or insight into the above research please contact