The collection has gone into storage
During closure the collection has gone into storage and we had a visit to that store to move some of the objects and to take some measurements in preparation of the re-display of Watts Gallery. The store is quite an extraordinary place that reminds one of the set of Dr No rather than a tradition picture store. It is in fact a subterranean space (once used for the storage of weapons) which has been adapted to reach the required environmental standard for museum objects both in terms of stable relative humidity and temperature, light not being a problem.
Railways lines and platforms created from its former life can be found around the whole site and now provide at times the opportunity of moving large museum objects. It is re-assuring they are there, but it will be good to see them return to the gallery next year.