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

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

More

Shop online

British Textiles: 1700 to the Present

British Textiles: 1700 to the Present

This superb book draws on highlights from the V&A's fabulous collections of woven, printed and embroidered textiles and their designs. Based on th…

Buy now

Event - Portrait Photography

Sat 09 August 2014 10:30

PRACTICAL WORKSHOP: Improve your portrait photography skills and explore a range of technical and artistic approaches to portraiture.

Book online