Between the emergence from oblivion of a pair of 16th-century Mercator globes (2004), their scientific authentication and restoration (2015) and, finally, their showcasing (2016), a broad range of methods, techniques and expertise were brought to bear at UNIL through fruitful collaborations with partners in French-speaking Switzerland, Bern and Zurich. This section deals with the processes involved and the results that were obtained, at times mobilising unusual collaborations, in the globes’ exciting journey out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

The stages from beginning to end