How to pack a fragile and toxic object: ASMR

Join museum technician Sarah she makes a bespoke box from scratch for a delicate and quite dangerous ewer (otherwise known as a jug).

This precious object needs to be carefully packed so it can be moved across the city from our current storage facility in West London, to V&A East Storehouse – a new storage facility in Stratford.

Listen as Sarah takes us through the process, step-by-step – from examining the object to identify hazardous materials and delicate details, to measuring and slicing through squeaky Foamcore and Plastazote to create the walls, lid and supports for the box. Watch as she tapes together and snips the edges with extreme precision, not to mention her professional wielding of the trusty glue gun.

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See the toxic ewer and many other objects at V&A East Storehouse from 2025.

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