Access to our collections is greatly encouraged and as well as use of the reading room and teaching sessions, we try to exhibit our material. Preservation underlies all areas of interaction with the material so there are a number of ways we protect original items during their time out in the light.
The next display on level 12 is going to be curated by Rose King, a MLitt work placement student in Special Collections. Her first task was to select the books for exhibition and choose a display page. These three books were then condition assessed to ensure that they were stable enough to sit open for an extended period of time. We use acrylic, adhesive free cradles which are fitted so the spine, boards and text block are well supported. The leaves are held in place with conservation grade polyethylene strips.
The display case has lighting which is adjusted so that the lux level is appropriate for the display material and controlled environmental conditions.
Come and see the new display in March!