Erith make history assisting British Museum with collection relocation project

Erith are currently helping the British Museum with an ambitious project; the relocation of collections from offsite storage to the recently built World Conservation and Exhibition Centre. Located in London, the centre provides the museum with world-class facilities for visitors and researchers, taking conservation, scientific research and collection management to a new level of excellence.

The work sees one of the largest collection moves in the British Museum’s history being carried out, encompassing the safe packing, transportation and storage of hundreds of thousands of historic objects.

Some of the objects had shown signs of having been treated with biocides (predominantly pesticides) in the past. The use of pesticides as an approach to pest and fungal control was common practice in museums until the late 20th Century, when health issues were more widely understood.

The approach to the safe management of suspected biocide contamination is something that the British Museum is constantly developing, and which they take very seriously.

Erith were extremely keen to assist with such a culturally significant and prestigious project, and so our operatives have constructed and maintained a sealed working enclosure, to allow the British Museum’s Conservation Department to safely remove, contain and dispose of suspected biocide residues.

The provision of the enclosure, and the works completed therein, meant that the objects could be safely moved and are now more accessible at the new storage facility.

Jamie Hood, Conservator: Storage Coordinator at the British Museum said: “Erith have been hugely supportive of the British Museum on this project. The working enclosure has made a huge difference to how the Museum safely manages the removal of hazardous surface deposits such as suspected pesticide residues.”

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