University of Cambridge Museums with English Heritage and the Museum of London is organising a one day seminar about the specification of display cases.

Date:      Monday 12 May 2014
Venue:   The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Cost:      £100

Seminar leaders:
David Thickett, Senior Conservation Scientist, English Heritage
Helen Ganiaris, Conservation Manager, Museum of London
Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation), Fitzwilliam Museum

This one day seminar will discuss practical issues in the specification and performance of display cases.  Topics to be covered include materials used in case construction and internal fittings, case lighting and how to make sure you get the silica gel compartment you asked for.   It will look at the relationship between case structure and air exchange, how to measure air tightness, how to monitor and control the environment within a case. In the afternoon a variety of display cases in the Fitzwilliam Museum will be examined in detail and their performance scrutinised.

Download the Seminar programme and overviews of David Thickett's talk The Physics of Display Cases and Leakage Measurements and Helen Ganiaris' talk Specification of Display Cases in Practice.

The number of places is limited. Booking is essential. For bookings and further information about the course please contact Andor Vince at 01223 746642 or e-mail