The museum closed on 23 December and after the staff had had a nice Christmas break work has now started in preparing the spaces for building work.
The first stage of the process is to wrap and protect all of the elements of the display that are remaining in the gallery (about two thirds of the gallery was redeveloped in 2016)
Elements of the display are covered for protection
Cases and parts of displays have been moved
A quick sweep up
Bit by bit objects are carefully removed and packed. Some of the larger objects need specialist removers who will use lifting equipment.
Objects are packed on to crates for removal to the museum store
The next stage will be the removal of the green display structures you can see in some of the above photographs and the remaining elements of the old displays. The ceiling will be painted white (it is currently black) and the gallery walls will be boarded out.
As Pontefract Museum is listed we have been granted listed building consent to do this work. All work has to be carried out so as not to damage any of the remaining original features of the beautiful art nouveau building.
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