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17th December 2021

Conserving objects from the Maritime Museum’s collection will continue at a temporary workshop whilst the Hull Maritime Museum undergoes a major redevelopment.

More than 90 fragile objects identified for treatment will be conserved. Artefacts ranging from figureheads, scrimshaw to ceramics will be preserved, improving their condition for when they go back on display in the new galleries and displays within the refurbished museum.

As work to transform the Maritime Museum edges closer, a temporary workshop has been set up within the museum service enabling our Conservation and Engagement Officer treat the most vulnerable objects within the collection.

Painted Wooden Ships Figurehead In The Shape Of A Woman Wearing 1880S Clothes
Objects from the collection will be given some TLC
Sperm Whale Teeth
The collection will be in the best possible condition
Schrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth
A sperm whale tooth will be conserved
A Wooden And Brass Portable Orrery Assembled As A Planetarium And Covered With Engraved Paper
A wooden and brass portable Orrey, assembled as a planetarium and covered with engraved paper

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “Conserving objects and giving them the attention they deserve, is vital. It will ensure our collection is in the best possible condition for when the artefacts take pride of place and back on display within a newly transformed museum.”

Stathis Tsolis, Conservation and Engagement Officer, said: “The temporary set up will enable objects to continue to be treated to high professional standards until the new storage and conservation facilities are ready at Dock Office Chambers.”

Work to reconfigure Dock Office Chambers into a brand new and bespoke storage centre is expected to be complete by summer 2022.