Courtauld Galleries at Fitzwilliam Museum refurbished

The beautiful 1920s Courtauld Galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have been refurbished, following years of temperature and humidity fluctuations that were uncomfortable for visitors and damaging to the artefacts. Freeland Rees Roberts worked alongside services consultants Breathing Buildings and Aecom to devise a refurbishment scheme that would improve internal conditions with minimal impact on the historic fabric.

Rooflights were re-glazed and roofs recovered and insulated to reduce temperature swings. A new display cabinet by specialist Lutz Hartmann was installed in the Charrington Print Room. The Dutch Gallery has been relit and completely relined in a colour more sympathetic to the paintings.

As a Grade I listed building with an internationally acclaimed collection, all of the alterations had to be handled in an extremely sensitive way with access and phasing carefully managed.

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