Collection Archive

  • The moving project signing out

    The moving project signing out

    The moving project has come to an end. The project is closing down for now, having successfully emptied the Natural History building on Musèplassen 3. The endeavor has taken more than three years to complete and included many different challenges, but they have all been met by the team of conservators in good spirit. To […]

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  • The moving project hits rock bottom

    The moving project hits rock bottom

    The team has begun moving a geological collection out, as the last stage of emptying the natural history museum. The geological samples were housed in the basement and had not been curated for many years. The basement wasn’t suited for storing museum objects which became obvious when looking at some of the samples. Especially pyrite […]

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  • Mummified whales and exotic rocks

    Mummified whales and exotic rocks

    The moving project started 2015 with the last stage of emptying the Natural History Museum. The collections left are exotic birds on display and geology both the mineral exhibition and a mixed geology collection in the basement. Undertaking this last part of the packing has given us a few reminders, for example to look through […]

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  • Elephantastic!


    The moving project has taken on the big animals at the museum as we mentioned in an earlier blogpost. Unfortunately for us the big animals include a stuffed African elephant. The elephant is not that big (for being an African elephant) but it’s very heavy! What the stuffing material is made of is unknown but […]

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  • Working against time

    Working against time

    This month, the moving project started moving cultural history objects from old storage rooms with very bad climate, as mentioned in the previous post (click here). The cultural objects are a part of Norway’s history with selections of “ølboller” and “mangletrær” unique to this region, amongst other things. The climate has a relative humidity of […]

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  • First exhibition room empty

    First exhibition room empty

    Due to the extensive renovation of the University Museum of Bergen, the natural history collections on display will all be evacuated. The renovation process recently begun with the closing of the exhibitions on 1st of November and now time is limited for each room inside the museum to be emptied. Hearing the builders on the […]

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  • Now it’s official!!

    Now it’s official!!

    This Wednesday we had thegrand Halloween flavored opening of our new storage facility! 80 people made the trip by bus to the grotto, among them the Director of the University Museum of Bergen and the Prorector of the University of Bergen. The day featured several speeches before Prorector officially opened the facilities by cutting the […]

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  • October update and other things than moving….

    October update and other things than moving….

    The moving project is very busy and will be even more so when the Natural History Museum closes the 1th of November. When the museum closes for renovation we have to move all the objects out so the builders can get in. November and December will be a busy time, but even though we are […]

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  • Under the southern sun

    Under the southern sun

    So last week the natural history conservators on the moving project had an excursion to Barcelona. Not to get a tan, though it was warm and sunny in Spain, but to attend 1st International Conservation Symposium-Workshop for Natural History Collections (A forum in Conservation, Restoration and Preparation).  The symposium lasted for three days, two days […]

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  • Flying stones?

    Flying stones?

    As mentioned in previous blog posts, the moving team dedicated April to relocating a collection of large building stones. Here comes a step-by-step overview of the method we used for the move. To see the moving movie click here. First week we photographed the storage where the stones were located and at the same time […]

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