Tetris – Hull Maritime Museum to move all 50,000 objects to secret location
A gargantuan operation to remove around 50,000 objects from Hull’s Maritime Museum is underway ahead of its £12m refurbishment.
The 10-week project to tackle thousands of artefacts began last Thursday.
Each item will be carefully protected, logged into a system and packed into bespoke crates before being transported in truckloads down to a confidential location in the south.
The first stages of the operation date back to last October, when the museum’s famous whale skeletons were carefully removed with the help of expert conservators before being subsequently stored.
The museum’s resident conservator, Stathis Tsolis, gives artefacts “first-aid” and monitors movement of objects to ensure they are kept safe. He described the removal operation as being “like a game of Tetris”.
He explained how the museum will be transformed by 2024: “The partitioning will be wiped out and we are going to open it up to show off how grand the building is. It will be an airy museum with more light.
“Historically, there was an aim to stuff the building with objects. Now, we are trying to create stories, so people come to the museum and it provides them with food for thought. It should bring a more diverse audience and appeal to more people.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what the result is.”
The huge ongoing work of the Maritime Museum forms part of a larger project across the city, in which key points in maritime history will be linked together to resurface Hull’s heritage.
Work to enhance the building is set to start this year. The building’s transformation could begin as early as autumn 2021. For more information about Hull’s maritime project, click here.