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24th June 2020

A procurement process to appoint specialists to remove, conserve, pack and transport eight fragile and unusual skeletons and specimens from the Hull Maritime Museum’s collection has launched.

Specialist conservators are invited to submit their interest and be part of a multi-million pound heritage-led regeneration scheme – the Hull Maritime project.

Experts with the appropriate skills will have the task of undertaking a full condition assessment, pack, remove and transport to site and then complete a full cleaning and conservation process ahead of the installation to enable the animation and redisplay of each skeleton.

Eight whale skeletons and specimens will receive some TLC

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration, Planning, Land and Property, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for specialist conservators to be involved in a major and exciting development scheme in Hull. To enable the refurbishment works to take place we have to pack and move the 50,000 objects from the museum and this is the first element of this complex task.

“The conservation of these priceless objects will secure their long-term future. Some of these significant skeletons will play a starring role in our new displays, helping to tell the story of Hull’s maritime past.”

Eight skeletons and specimens, ranging from a large tuna fish skeleton to a 40 foot long North Atlantic Right Whale skeleton, will receive TLC as befitting their significance.

The deadline is Monday 3 August and the procurement documents are available at

Work is expected to get underway in the autumn.