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Bones come down to earth for 100-year service
7:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in News
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The skeletons – a dolphin, lesser fin whale, killer whale, beluga whale and a bottle-nosed whale – have been lowered to the ground floor of the museum in Parks Road during renovation work on the glass roof.
A team of specialist riggers took two days to lower four of the skeletons – which were hung from the roof – and the final one came down on Thursday.
Bethany Palumbo, conservator of life sciences, said: “It has actually gone much smoother than I thought it might. Everybody has been very professional and made a lot of effort to not knock or bump the specimens throughout the lowering process.”
The skeletons – which were installed when the museum opened more than 150 years ago – are now at a height where conservators can start cleaning and treating them. It is not known how old they are.
The £2.1m project to restore the glass roof will continue next month when scaffolding is due to be put up.
The museum is expected to reopen to the public early next year.