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The Tiled Eagle

The German mural ‘Tiled Eagle’ which has been at the museum since 1919.

If you’ve visited IWM London in the past few weeks, you may have seen me around. I’ve been doing some conservation work to prepare many of the objects in the large exhibits gallery for their moves in the autumn. Some of the objects I’ve already worked on are the shells and guns including the French 75mm Field Gun.

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25 pounder Mk II

This week we are beginning to prepare the objects in the Large Exhibits Gallery for their movement and storage this autumn. After weeks of preparation we have put together a work schedule to ensure we can access the objects and have the equipment we need. This is a team effort involving many departments from the museum including, design, communications and marketing, security and visitor services.

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Conserving the French 75mm Gun

Over the past few months I’ve been working in the care and conservation team at IWM London to assess the condition of the large exhibits that you see throughout the museum, as we prepare them for moving this autumn.

This work involves the condition assessment of the structure, metalwork and paintwork, and includes making recommendations on packing and transit so they can be safely moved out of the building. We have to thoroughly inspect everything that we need to move, which often means crawling into or underneath objects, seeing parts that most people never see. On occasion we will need to repair or secure parts of the item so it can be safely moved, and many of these items have not been moved for over 20 years.

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