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Restoration in Toledo

The College of Infantes is a small building in Old Toledo, near Madrid, previously neglected and unused for decades, a mere five minute walk from the Cathedral of Toledo.

The College of Infantes in Toledo is a building with a rich past. It is for this reason, that when in early 2011 it was decided to undertake the restoration of the Sacristy of the Cathedral and change the use of the appended rooms to it, the local council felt it was also time to move and unify the display of its historic collection of liturgical textiles and clothing to a different space that would offer new and better environmental and technical conditions for the presentation, storage and conservation of the artefacts.

"The restoration that can be seen today is the result of the work of four teams coordinated by the architectural firm responsible for the building - Jaime Castanon architects of Madrid. In addition to the architects, Jesus Moreno & Associates were responsible for museology and Ypuntoending global production, alongside ClickNetherfield, provided the showcases. Together, these teams undertook the vast transformation of the old building into a space capable of housing a modern museum.

The exhibition comprises of four distinct types of objects generated by different types of display elements: carpets, clothing and religious textiles, metalwork and sculpture.

Large tapestries are the stars of the show and occupy the new rooms. The sheer size of these pieces meant that more space had to be provided by the architects. The tapestries on display, many of which make up the series used during the feast of Corpus Christi, are grouped around six themes: the triumph of the Eucharist, History of David and Solomon, History of Moses, Man's life, the classic theme and the Toledo Bishops.

Lighting systems used in the project employ the latest LED technology to ensure the best colour reproduction and safeguard conservation requirements of the exhibitions. This was especially important for certain points in the galleries where small objects such as jewellery and sculptures are exhibited. Prominent among these displays are two large iron tables on which major showcases are located. These collections host an array of exquisite religious goldsmith artefacts, ivory and enamel.

The basement of the building has been recovered and the restored architecture itself becomes a key display element. This basement area now houses a new modern textile warehouse with tapestries and costumes displayed skilfully in what remains a very tight space. For this large arrangements display many tapestries. This space is designed to help promote access to artefacts not exhibited within the main collection of textiles.

All things considered, this project was an undertaking of enormous proportions from building restoration right through to final showcase installation brought together by several teams of experts but with stunning results."

this project was an undertaking of enormous proportions from building restoration right through to final showcase installation brought together by several teams of experts but with stunning results.

Javier Delgado, Director General, Y Punto Ending, Spain.

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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

Religious textiles & clothing, metalwork and sculpture

Museum

The College of Infantes

Date

July 2014

Designer

Jesus Moreno & Asociados

Cases Used

Lighting systems used in the project employ the latest LED technology to ensure the best colour reproduction and safeguard conservation requirements of the exhibitions