The Great Walrus Move

In May 2013, the Horniman Walrus made his way to Margate to feature in the Hayward Touring exhibition Curiosity: Art & The Pleasures of Knowing at Turner Contemporary.

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  1. The famously over-stuffed walrus, weighing in at just under one ton, had been in the Horniman Museum's Natural History Gallery since 1901. Since then, he hadn’t moved more than 25 feet, so getting him out and on his way to the coast was a huge task.

  2. The conservation department worked with specialist art handlers to ensure the move went as smoothly as possible. After all, he is a very important Walrus, to the museum and to our visitors.
  3. But everyone down in Margate was equally excited to see him arrive.

  4. Preparations began when the Walrus received his annual clean.
  5. The whole process from this point was captured on film by Acapmedia.
  6. And his iceberg mount was chipped and chopped away to allow the move team to get a little closer.
  7. The #Horniman #walrus is off on its summer hols soon. First step: "melt" the iceberg...
    The #Horniman #walrus is off on its summer hols soon. First step: "melt" the iceberg...
  8. If you're visiting today you might find a familiar sight looking rather different! #walrus #taxidermy #horniman #museum
    If you're visiting today you might find a familiar sight looking rather different! #walrus #taxidermy #horniman #museum
  9. The lack of an iceberg also meant staff could get closer than usual.
  10. #Horniman staff are enjoying being able to get a little closer to the #walrus than usual. #museum #taxidermy
    #Horniman staff are enjoying being able to get a little closer to the #walrus than usual. #museum #taxidermy
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