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Lightening the levels : controlling daylight in challenging spaces
AbstractThe National Trust for Scotland (NTS) cares for over fifty properties with historic material culture collections on open display. These properties range from Scottish baronial castles to thatched cottages; each houses collections that are susceptible to light damage. For the past forty years, the NTS has been investing in light protection measures, including ultraviolet (UV) absorbing window film and roller blinds. This work has been undertaken on an ad-hoc basis, leaving some properties with little or no protection. To address this problem the NTS has funded ‘Lightening the Levels’: an accelerated project to achieve in two years what would take twenty at the current rate. This paper explains the various ways the NTS is managing light across its portfolio, showing the scale and scope of the project. It will focus on the challenges that the more unique properties create, such as geographic location, access, the Scottish weather, and the limitations of working in historic interiors. It will also examine the installation and decision-making behind UV film and blinds in these interesting spaces. It will look at the installation of LED lighting in display areas and the collaborative approach the Collection Conservation Services (CCS) team has taken with other departments. A key driver of the project is how we plan to engage staff and volunteers with the practical aspects of light management. An important part of this has been the introduction of property specific light plans, which empower staff and volunteers to control light effectively. Finding the right combination of protection measures for each property has been very important and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. The project is learning as it goes along; increasingly the importance of getting staff and volunteers engaged has been shown to be vital to the success of the project.
Data da última atualização: 2017-03-22
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