General Rules for Displaying Your Collection
- Use a sealed, lockable display case - It is best if you can purchase a dust-proof, museum-grade cabinet, but at the very least have your items securely locked.
Never use nails, tacks or pins on items (jerseys, touch flags etc) - You will be causing unnecessary damage by creating holes and placing strain on the object. Also, the nails will rust and infect the material.
Never use glue or any tape (masking tape, etc.) on objects - The glue will harden and leave permanent marks. Conservation-grade glue is expensive, so a cheaper alternative is to create corners (or boarders) from cardboard and fasten them with the tape or glue. You can then use these to support the object. Alternatively, use conservation polyester, cut into strips, as a band support.
Do not overcrowd display cabinets - Objects squashed next to each other will become damaged over time. Use perspex supports where possible, since these will maintain the structure of the object. For example, generic plastic plate stands are good for supporting books.
No direct sunlight should fall on objects, it will cause fading - Lighting should not exceed 200 lux on any objects. As with storage, any type of lighting will damage and fade displayed objects, but direct sunlight is sure to damage your collection much faster. Light at 50 lux is dark compared to sunlight but enough to see defined colours. 200 lux would be a normal room with daylight but without any direct sun rays.
- Recommended display design - Try to place larger objects at the bottom of the case and smaller items at top. This will prevent obstruction of the view through the cabinet. Aim to have the most interesting part of an object (jersey badge, etc.) displayed the most obviously. Face the stitching of an old leather ball towards the viewer, but show the logos on the side panels of contemporary balls. Open match programmes to display the team line-ups, or to the page with an advert that reflects the era.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org