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OUTSTANDING LEVELS OF CONSERVATION FOR LINDISFARNE GOSPELS

This temporary exhibition at the Palace Green Library at Durham University had complex requirements for the unique and special nature of the objects on display.

Lindisfarne Gospels Durham: one amazing book, one incredible journey leads visitors on an exploration of the meaning and contexts of the book, learning how and why this masterpiece was created, its influence on medieval Europe and how artistic and Christian traditions from Britain, Ireland and the Mediterranean mainland came together in North East England.

Shown in galleries at Durham University's Palace Green Library, the exhibition includes fabulous objects wrought from precious metals and minerals, stone sculpture and uniquely important medieval manuscripts including the Cuthbert Gospel of John and the Durham Gospels. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the gospel book itself, written in honour of St Cuthbert and displayed alongside the relics from his shrine. To meet the loan requirements of the British Library and other lenders, the client needed to achieve very tight environmental parameters. Working closely with Mike Chaplin and Martyn Murray, Technical Director and Project Manager respectively at ClickNetherfield, the client asked for an AER of 0.01 in the hope of coming somewhere near and settled on an AER of 0.05. ClickNetherfield manufactured 7 bespoke showcases which far exceeded the clients expectations when they were tested as they came out with an AER of 0.01 over 24 hours. The cases performed very well throughout the period of the exhibition and the environmental conditions in the cases were beautifully stable. The exhibition ran from Monday 1st July - Monday 30th September 2013.

ClickNetherfield - from directors, through project managers, to on-site technicians - worked closely with us throughout the design development, manufacture and installation processes, creating solutions in response to our needs and incorporating our ideas at each stage.

Elizabeth Branigan, Durham University

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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

Manuscripts dating from the 7th to the 17th Century. High-status, Anglo-Saxon metalwork and objects associated wit the cult of St.Cuthbert.

Museum

Lindisfarne Gospels Durham. One amazing book, one incredible journey.

Date

June 2013

Unique Features

The cases have a very high level of environmental control with the cases achieving an AER of 0.01.

Cases Used

Custom Solutions