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Technical Services Department

Technical Services moving an object. Installation of Bernini's Neptune & Triton in sculpture gallery

Technical Services moving an object. Installation of Bernini's Neptune & Triton in sculpture gallery

The Technical Services department install, pack, move and mount the objects, artworks and exhibitions that the public come to the Museum to see. This work involves a variety of technical specialists such as those with experience in hanging tapestries or installing chandeliers or driving forklift trucks. Everything that we do is designed to preserve the condition of the objects, optimise their storage or display and maintain security.

There are four specialist teams as follows:

  • The Display team works in the public galleries and exhibition spaces to move objects and take them on and off display.
  • The Packing and Transport team prepares objects for transportation and undertakes collections and deliveries to the UK. The team also does specialist packing for overseas loans, sources appropriate transport for artworks. 
  • The Cleaning and Storage team moves and packs objects in stores and carries out cleaning of open display objects.
  • The Mount making team provides mounts and frames for objects, either made in-house in the workshops or sourced from external contractors.

Technical Services support a number of internal museum training activities such as Object handling, Courier training, Technician NVQ and woodwork machinery training. We have written papers for various conservation Journals and conferences.  Technicians regularly travel overseas with our touring exhibitions to act as couriers overseeing difficult installations and tricky packing jobs.

Facilities and Services

The Technical Services department runs the museum van for the transporting of objects and several workshops with facilities for working with wood, metals and Acrylic and a variety of other materials. Although none of our services relate directly to the public we do encourage the exchange of ideas, methods and skills with others doing similar tasks within cultural heritage sector. 

Main contact number and email

Please contact Robert Lambeth (Senior Technical Services Manager) on +44(0)207 942 2658 or email r.lambeth@vam.ac.uk

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