We’re now in the museum, back of house. Usually the corridors are wide and spacious but this morning seemed a bit like the Tardis in reverse as we took the tank through – smaller.
Part of the corridor involved not only a ramp down but a slight bend at the same time. The forklift at the front of the tank was used as the brakes. It was a bit hairy at times, but in the end went all ok.
Tommy and Warren were the forklift operators throughout – and I tell ya, I have complete respect for their skills. They had to gently nudge the tank into the exact position – very cool to watch.
Once the tank was in place, the lid was lifted off by forklift, guided by us humans.
The conservators will add water this morning to the tank and then insert the mounts (like internal water wings) so her mantle is expanded a little bit. This will not only make her look a little better (remember she has no skeleton so her body has ‘deflated’ a bit) but help support her mantle. After that they’ll add the preservative liquids to the water and the see-through lid will be put in place on Thursday.
All on track ready for December 13 opening 🙂