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Natural History Museum

Display cases featuring the latest in protective glass technology for the new 'Human Evolution' exhibition.

Dellner Romag was commissioned by The Workhaus to provide security glass for the new permanent exhibition ‘Human Evolution’ at the Natural History Museum.

The exhibition traces the origin of our species through evolution from the first upright primate through to modern humans.

Visitors to the museum will be able to discover the changes in physical characteristics, diet, lifestyles and environments that have shaped modern humans and see up close the 3.5-million-year-old Laetoli canine, the oldest hominin fossil in the collection.

With seven million years of evolutionary history on display the exhibit is of tremendous value and the museum required a solution to display them with an uncompromised view that protected them from damage or even theft.

The solution

Romag supplied more than 50 sq.m of low-iron laminated security glass for 25 display cases that house the exhibit’s most valuable assets and research material.

The specialised low iron, extra clear glass has very high light transmittance compared to standard glass. It is practically colorless, whereas standard glass has a slight natural green tint which affects the colour of the objects that sit behind it.

It is therefore ideal for use where glass edges are visible or where a neutral color is desired. As its light transmittance is higher than clear float glass, it is perfect for applications where transparency and purity of color are desired.

Ideal for museum glass it provides a clear view of the specimens whilst fully protected in their showcase.

The result

The secure glass panels function as an integral part of the project design. The high specification glass ensures the colours of the exhibits are uncompromised whilst providing an airtight seal for improved humidity control, helping to protect the artefacts from potential moisture damage in a carefully temperature controlled environment.

The extra security benefits of the glass also prevents the threat of damage or even theft.

What they say

The project will be one of the most technically challenging jobs we’ve undertaken but also one of the most rewarding.

The specification called for a high quality, high performance glass viewing solution with added safety, which Romag has provided.

Graham Paylor

The Workhaus
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