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Maritime Media Volunteer, Janet Bark had the opportunity to capture a number of maritime paintings being taken down from display and packed for transportation.

Janet tells us more about the move.

On a cold wet and truly miserable day outside, here inside the Hull Maritime Museum something exciting is going on. Even during a pandemic and difficult conditions work still goes on.

Today the two large paintings, the Calm on the Humber by Henry Redmore and John Wards HMS Brittania which hang on either side of the magnificent staircase are being taken down. They are to go to Lincoln for restoration before going into storage and finally coming home to the newly revamped museum.

Technicians Start To Remove The Painting From The Stairwell Wall
Preparing to take the painting down

Those words ‘an adrenaline rush a day keeps the Dr away‘ must mean this team of movers are very healthy. I definitely held my breath as it was lifted off the wall.

Technicians Are Ready To De Install The Large Maritime Painting
The painting is carefully removed from the wall

Once that was safely down and packed away it was onto the next painting. I was amazed not just on their calmness in removing these precious works of art but that they took less than 15mins to take the scaffolding down and back up again on the other side.

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It took just 15 minutes for the scaffolding to be taken and and put back up again

Once safely negotiated down the stairs they were carefully looked at by the curator from Lincoln before being packed away.

Conservator Takes A Closer Look At The Painting
Conservation specialist takes a closer look before being packed away

Two precious paintings safely down and packed away it seemed strange to look back up the staircase to see two very bare walls.

A successful day for the team but an amazing day for me to be able to watch this happening at first hand.