20th March 2002
A Lincoln student who wrote her dissertation on caring for Lincoln’s civic insignia hopes that her findings will form a helpful guide for museums and local authorities across the country.
Line Hallbjornsson from Copenhagen, who is studying a Conservation and Restoration degree at the Lincoln School of Art and Design, has been working with Lincoln City Council to research her dissertation on the restoration of civic regalia.
Her work at the Guildhall has involved taking samples of the linings in the council’s display cabinets and testing them to ascertain whether the fabric could have a damaging effect on the valuable regalia displayed inside.
She has already recommended to the council that they replace the current lining with a different fabric - and Line hopes that the guidelines she plans to publish in June will be used by museums and local authorities all over the country.
“To get a broader view of how regalia is kept across the country I sent questionnaires to city councils and museums and have had a very good response,” explained Line.
“My findings have been developed into a guide which explains how to clean, handle, store and display civic regalia and which should be helpful for people dealing with the general maintenance of valuable items.
“Lincoln City Council has been extremely helpful and co-operative,” Line added. “Lincoln holds some of the most impressive and historic collections of civic regalia in the country and I have been very fortunate to be able to work with it.”
The city’s civic regalia is held in what was the debtors’ prison in the Guildhall and includes four swords (one dating from 1386), the Mayor’s Mace presented to the city by Charles I in 1640 and six chains of office (five of which are still in use).
Lincoln Civic Manager Julie Duxbury commented: “The City was pleased to help Line with her dissertation and is delighted to learn that working at the Guildhall with the Mayor’s Officer has been a useful and worthwhile exercise.
“The City is always keen to receive any suggestions and assistance with regard to the maintenance of the civic regalia and looks forward to receiving a copy of Line's guide
book in due course.”
For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager
University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)