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Different Options for Displaying Your Collection

Aim to display your objects as per the recommendations in the 'best possible scenario' level. Use the 'absolute basics' level as a last resort.

Jerseys (and other fibre materials)

  • Best possible scenario - Lighting restricted to 50 lux, provided by controlled spot lights. Keep objects flat, or evenly supported with perspex or conservation grade cardboard. Hanging with tailor-quality coat hangers for a limited period is acceptable. No intrusive display techniques (nails, etc.)
  • Preferable treatment - Restrict light to 200 lux provided by general lighting. No direct sunlight. Large objects at the bottom of the case. No placing objects under stress through overcrowding or poor methods of support.
  • Absolute basics - No direct sunlight. No nails or glue used in displaying objects. Larger objects at the bottom of showcase. No objects put under stress.

Archival objects (paper)

  • Best possible scenario - Lighting restricted to 50 lux. Firmly supported with acid-free board or perspex supports. Held in position with mounting board and frame, or polyester strips (at least 5mm wide). No sticking tapes, pins, glues or staples.
  • Preferable treatment - Restrict lighting to 200 lux. Firmly supported with board or perspex / plastic supports. Held in position with cardboard corners. No sticking tapes, pins, glues or staples.
  • Absolute basics - No objects under any stress (e.g. bending). No sticking tape, pins, glues or staples. Use ‘Blue-tak’, but only for the short term. No direct sunlight.

Trophies (silver / metalwear)

  • Best possible scenario - Trophies are vulnerable to tarnishing. Oxygen accelerates tarnishing, so do not place paper, wood or fibrous material in the same cabinet – the fibres will encourage oxidisation and therefore tarnishing. Keep in a sealed display case. Very important to lock the case, as trophies sometimes have a greater value than realised. Do not handle metal with bare hands. Always wear gloves.
  • Preferable treatment - Do not keep trophies in direct contact with fibrous objects. Keep display case locked. Use a cloth to handle the metal as acids from your hands will tarnish the metal.
  • Absolute basics - Keep display case locked. Handle with a cloth rather than bare hands.

Balls and boots

  • Best possible scenario - Lighting restricted to 50 lux. Use appropriate perspex supports that do not deform the object.
  • Preferable treatment - No sunlight. Do not deform the shape of the object.
  • Absolute basics - No direct sunlight. Ensure the shape of leather is maintained.


  • Best possible scenario - Lighting restricted to 50 lux. If opening books for display, do not open beyond 160°. Do not lay them completely flat since spines are not designed to take this pressure. Support the thin side of an opened book with conservation foam blocks or with a fixed book cradle.
  • Preferable treatment - Lighting does not exceed 200 lux. Do no open books for display if they cannot be properly supported. No direct sunlight.
  • Absolute basics - No direct sunlight.

The World Rugby Museum, Twickenham hopes you have found the information regarding storage and display of your club’s collection helpful.

Remember that any improvement is beneficial. The best results can be achieved by implementing your actions in phases and part of a long-term plan. We hope you take the correct precautions in looking after the country’s sporting heritage.

For more information or advice, please feel free to call the World Rugby Museum, Twickenham. We will endeavour to advise you or point you in the right direction for the most appropriate care and use of your objects.

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, TW1 1DZ, Phone: 020 8892 8877, Fax: 020 8892 2817, Email:


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