Historic sword protected by state-of-the-art sensor

Historic Sword With Iris Sensor

A piece of history on display at Delapré Abbey in Northampton is being protected by  a state-of-the-art sensor – generously donated by a local company that specialises in digital IT and sensors.

The sword, bought by Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust last year and linked to the Battle of Waterloo, once belonged to Everard Bouverie, former owner of Delapré Abbey. 

Local company IRIS IoT Solutions, keen to protect such a valuable piece of local history, has donated a special sensor to the Abbey, designed to help keep the precious sword in the perfect conditions and at the optimum temperature and humidity.

Visitors to the Abbey can now view the sword for themselves, with the historic home reopening on 18th February for the new 2024 season.

Eleanor Sier, Head of Engagement and Interpretation, said:

“Thanks to this very special technology we can measure temperature, humidity, CO2 and movement and keep the sword safe at all times. All this technology is linked to a special app which means we can both respond quickly and rest easy.

Our sword is a true piece of history and visitors can now experience history first-hand, see the sword for themselves and learn more about the rich heritage of Northampton.”

Stephen Westley, MD of IRIS IoT Solutions, said

“We provide sensors and the technology needed to create efficiencies within business and are proud to have donated one of our sensors to Delapré Abbey, a truly wonderful and unique piece of local history. Our sensors do many things, but for the Abbey the most important is humidity. The sword is a precious artefact and needs to be carefully stored so we need to what it does is extraordinary.”

The sword is now on public display, and visitors can view it during the Abbey’s regular opening hours. Book tickets online delapreabbey.org.