Conservation 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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  • Massive move – part two

    Massive move – part two

    As promised this week’s post is about how we got the big animals out a window. All mounted animals were secured to a pallet and cowered with plastic. Approximately 60 animals had to be moved out within a week. There wasn’t room for all the animals in our own climatically stable freezer. Instead we got […]

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  • Packed for a journey

    Packed for a journey

    The big animals are almost ready to go out the window in one week’s time. The last preparations are in progress and have turned up a few challenges. Doors, windows and trucks only come in certain sizes, and the route through the museum has its limitations when it comes to width and height. Furthermore, some […]

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  • Big animals – Big deal!

    Big animals – Big deal!

    The moving team has taken on the challenge of preparing the move of large animals from the closed museum. The animals are so big, they have to be cleaned in the museum and from there go directly to a freezing facility and storage. One of the smaller exhibition rooms has been converted into a cleaning […]

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  • Deflowering


    The moving project started on dismounting the 1th store exhibitions at the Natural History Museum.  We began with the botanical displays consisting of enlarged models of flowers and dried specimens. The objects here are generally very fragile and need delicate handling with only a few things in each box and lots of padding material.   […]

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  • Loads of alcohol!

    Loads of alcohol!

    Happy New Year and welcome to 2014! As mentioned in our Christmas post (Click here to see) we started 2014 with packing the spirit collection on display at the museum. We decided on a movable packing solution to make the collection mobile for later convenience. Everything was placed on pallets padded with Styrofoam. The glasses […]

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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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  • 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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