Friday, 18 February 2011

LHSA objects go on display in Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology

We’re delighted to be loaning Edinburgh University’s School of History, Classics and Archaeology a number of items from our object collection. They will go on display in the exciting exhibition spaces created within the newly refurbished department.

Miniature Medicine Cabinet, LHSA Reference M172

LHSA staff have worked with representatives from the School to select objects that fit the themes of their exhibition, but that are also robust enough to withstand a period of prolonged display. Where items that were selected by the School were deemed too fragile to be loaned, we have provided digital image facsimiles. LHSA is keen to make our unique collections as accessible as possible but we must make sure that access is not to the detriment of long-term preservation. 

Microscope, LHSA Reference M78

We also work to protect collection items on loan in other ways. We liaise with the borrowers to ensure that the display conditions are of a high enough standard, draw up transfer paperwork that ensures that the collection items are properly protected during the loan period, and carry out a conservation assessment to record the condition of the items before they leave LHSA storage areas.  We delivered the objects to the School today and arranged them in the display case.  The results are fantastic as you can see! 

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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