The ‘Discovering Tutankhamun’ exhibition at Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum features some of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Each of the precious exhibits is housed in a bespoke display case made from Perspex® cast acrylic, which allows visitors to experience a crystal clear view of the objects while offering them protection from the potentially damaging effects of the external elements.
Inplas Fabrications created a wide range of bespoke tabletop and wall-mounted display cases using 6, 8 and 10mm Perspex® to suit each of the artefacts, along with a series of laser-cut curved countertops for corner displays. Clear Perspex® was chosen due to its impressive optical clarity, superior light transmission to glass and for the way it can be easily fabricated to achieve a supreme quality finish in display applications.
‘Discovering Tutankhamun’ reflects the excitement of the discovery of the tomb by archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. Their excavation of the tomb in 1922 at the height of the
‘Roaring Twenties’ was of historical significance and by the end of a 10-year long process of recording the remarkable objects buried with the king, Tutankhamun had become an icon of the modern world.
The display cases at the Ashmolean Museum were crafted with perfect joints and meticulous attention to detail – fitting for the painstaking way Carter himself conducted his work all those years ago. A representative from the Ashmolean Museum commented that the display cases were the best quality that the museum had ever seen; a true compliment for Trevor Smith and his team at Inplas!