World Stories: out with the old…

Out with the old…

On 3 January 2012 the World Art gallery in Brighton Museum & Art Gallery closed in preparation for the new World Stories: Young Voices gallery, opening 23 June 2012.

For three months staff have been removing objects from their cases and preparing the objects for storage.

A difficult case for curator Laura, cheering that it is open at last
A difficult case for curator Laura, cheering that it is open at last

After opening the cases – and this was sometimes a feat in itself– each object was inspected. As these objects had been in cases for ten years, it was important to check their condition. The object would then be photographed, measured and carefully packaged. We used ready-made boxes and crates and staff devised some ingenious methods for packing the irregular-shaped objects.

Attack by a deadly fish? No – the malangan flying fish is just being dismantled
Attack by a deadly fish? No – the malangan flying fish is just being dismantled
One of the dismantled fish’s wings
One of the dismantled fish’s wings

Visitors using the lift next to the closed gallery may well have been puzzled by the sounds coming from behind the hoardings. These mysterious emanations were in fact sticky-tape ripping, bubble-wrap popping, case hammering and low mutterings.

Objects prepared for storage
Objects prepared for storage
Objects prepared for storage
Objects prepared for storage

I felt sad closing the lids over familiar objects wondering when they will be seen again. But it is also exciting that the new gallery is beginning to take shape and that there will be new objects on display– and some familiar ones will be back too.

The empty gallery
The empty gallery

… and in with the new

Lucy Faithful, Assistant Curator of World Art


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