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18 September 2017

The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John’s University

Designed by: A collaboration between the Hill Museum and Zone Display Cases

Zone Display Cases scope of work: The project included 7 freestanding cases a unique mounting system and  11 gorgeous frameless table cases.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), located at Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, is primarily a preservation institution.

They work to preserve digitally manuscripts from cultures around the world and make them available for scholars to use online or in person in their reading rooms.

The HMML has a large collection of digital images (almost 150 million images) and also a very large collection of physical manuscripts and rare books.

The Saint. John’s Bible is a modern manuscript that commissioned by St.John’s Abbey University. It is a monumental work that is almost 2 feet X 3 feet wide when it is open. It is currently unbounded and it took 23 artists and 15 years to complete this one single work of art.

The goal for Zone Display Cases was to create a very unique and challenging mounting system to display this unbound manuscript in their brand-new gallery. The gallery features 28 folios at one time. The system needed to allow them to change those folios and to display the unbound folios as if they were an open book. Further to that, the museum was looking for a solution that would give the impression of floating books, as if nothing was holding them up, with invisible plinths or support system.

With just about a year to coordinate this mounting system with the client and to design and build the cases, the gallery opened to the public in October 2017 and the result was simply outstanding. A great collaboration between the museum Director and the Project Manager at Zone Display Cases to make their wish a reality.

The project included 7 freestanding cases with invisible anti-reflective low iron laminated glass and 11 gorgeous frameless table cases with a unique opening system.

This was our second time working with the HMML and we would love to work again with them in the future.

Zone Display Cases created a great video in collaboration with the Museum Director. Please view it by clicking on the link below:

Youtube Video

For more information about the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, click here.