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Handling and transport

handling and transport technicians moving a painting in protective wrapping

The handling and transport technicians work with colleagues throughout National Museums Liverpool assisting with the safe wrapping, packing and transportation of a variety of objects and works of art throughout the estate.  

National Museums Liverpool has a specially designed 7.5 tonne vehicle with air ride suspension and climate control. The vehicle allows us to safely  transport objects and works of art throughout the estate, the region and nationally. Our technicians are experienced at ensuring that security procedures and location control are followed when moving and transporting the wide variety of collection items. Securing objects that vary in weight, size and fragility is also critical in making sure that objects are not damaged during transit.

The team are responsible for the safe installation and de-installation of the varied programme of exhibitions and displays. The team also assist in the preparation and movement of loans that National Museums Liverpool undertakes to other institutions and organisations throughout the UK and beyond, and liaise with curatorial and conservation colleagues from a variety of museums and galleries, as well as with individual artists when installing specific gallery exhibitions.

You also can see the department at work on our Moving stories Flickr page and read about some of the different projects they have been involved with on the blog.

technicians using special equipment to install a bell in a museum display

Technical services and handling and transport technicians installing the Oceanic Bell in the Titanic and Liverpool exhibition