Hi-tech security system to protect 900-year-old Boldon Book for exhibition

The Boldon Book. Geoff Woodward
The Boldon Book. Geoff Woodward
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HI-TECH security is being used to keep an ancient artefact safe while it is on display.

Sunderland-based Hadrian Technology was drafted in after bosses at South Shields Museum were told they needed to beef up security while it had the 900-year-old Boldon Book on loan from the Arts Council England.

The firm installed a state-of-the-art CCTV system to watch over the treasured tome 24 hours a day.

The museum’s standard security system was also upgraded with new high-definition cameras.

The Boldon Book is a survey commissioned by the Bishop of Durham nine centuries ago, which identifies what rents were due to him from the land under his control.

Gary Trotter, general manager at Hadrian Technology, based in St Thomas Street, said: “South Shields Museum and Art Gallery required a top-of-the-range CCTV system that would protect the manuscript for the duration of the loan.

“As well as the impressive image quality, the cameras can also be linked up to smartphones, tablets and laptops, so that museum staff can access footage from wherever they are.” Trevor Wilson, customer facilities manager for South Shields Museum and Art Gallery, added: “The new CCTV system was a pre-requisite for the loan of the manuscript.

“However, having a state-of-the-art system will certainly benefit us in the longer term.

“We were really pleased with the recommendations we received from Hadrian Technology following their liaison with Arts Council England, and with how quickly and efficiently they installed the new system.”

The book is on display until December.