Church buildings hold a wide range of objects, many of them unique portable artworks of great significance that may require special protection and display. Display cases are often found in museum exhibitions and are a well-proven solution for the display of portable objects. However, the devotional character of places of worship means that the use of a display case will need to balance the long-term protection of objects (or the setting up temporary exhibitions) against the special function and character of historic church buildings.
Our guidelines for display cases in church buildings assist the professionals (e.g. architects, conservators and collection managers) dealing with the care of church buildings and their collections.