National Archives Conservation Lab in Washington. Image credit Hill/NARA

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have been working for the National Archives in Washington, USA to design and build a state-of-the-art encasement and transport cart to protect the Archive’s prized copy of the 1297 Magna Carta. Their work – and the freshly conserved Magna Carta – were on display at a special “behind-the-scenes” showing at the National Archives Conservation Lab. The enclosure is designed to visually enhance the parchment document while maintaining the interior environment so it does not degrade the document.

The owner of this rare copy of the Magna Carta (one of only four surviving charters), David M. Rubinstein, loaned the document to the National Archives and paid for its restoration and encasement.


Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology.