Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Medieval Manuscripts in Historical Exhibitions Documents and manuscripts frequently form the basis of large exhibitions on the Middle Ages, representing a key element in helping visitors to understand such a distant epoch.
Naturally, museums know very well that it is not possible to reconstruct the past in exhibitions. The aim must be to use medieval artefacts to form a picture of this epoch that is backed up by research.
Every necessary precaution must be taken to ensure that there is no chance of the manuscripts being damaged during either transportation or their presentation.
The aesthetic presentation of these objects, their legibility and scholarly contexts, are equally significant.
Presenting manuscripts in large historical exhibitions is not only important for the museum responsible for the exhibition,
but also for the libraries loaning the manuscripts, because the exhibition can become an ideal forum for libraries to show their magnificent holdings to a large audience.
This kind of successful cooperation between libraries and museums should definitely be continued.
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