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3rd October 2019

More than 3,000 stored objects at Hull Maritime Museum have been processed in the last 12 months.

The 3,330 objects, ranging from a docker’s tool to a Bellarmine jug, have been systematically processed to ensure they are cleaned, photographed, documented and properly packed away before moving to a new bespoke storage facility and refurbishment of Hull Maritime Museum.

This crucial behind-the-scenes work also provides local people and visitors from outside Hull with greater access to the internationally important Accredited and Designated collections.

The team has produced detailed audits and reports on the documentation, packing, transit, future storage and environmental needs of the collections in store and those currently on display, to help develop the plans for future displays once the museum major improvements have been completed.

Megan de la Hunt, Collections and Documentation Assistant, said: “A major part of maritime project is to improve the care and documentation of the collection and over the last year we have been carefully processing the objects within the collection which includes a range of stages. The objects have been cleaned if necessary, photographed, documented, and packed or wrapped in conservation grade materials ready for when they move.

“It has been fascinating to learn about so many interesting objects and complete the processes to ensure they are in the best possible condition for everyone to discover their history and unique stories.

“Without our significant collections we don’t have a museum!”

The work to document the objects within the museum’s collection continues.