Remember in week 1 when we said that there was a lot of prep work to be done? Well, we had some additional patching and sanding to finish up so updates to the color of the front entry way have been delayed until the week 3 update.
In the meantime, we have been continuing to de-install the Bank's collection. The tools that were de-installed from the entryway, because of their shape and their material, were relatively easy to handle, clean, and store.
Delicate specimens like the ones in the Bank's collection take a lot more time and precision.
Jennie, FMM's Registrar and Collection Specialist, uses a special brush to carefully dust each sponge, shell, fish and crustacean coming off of display.
If you look closely you can see that she is dusting into the nozzle of a vacuum covered with a screen. This is a common practice working with museum collections to ensure that nothing, except dust, gets sucked into the nozzle.
Some of these specimens will be rotating off exhibit in an effort to let them rest. Being on exhibit in a museum takes a lot of energy out of objects. They need a nice dark rest just like us sometimes to ensure healthy lives!