How do you keep art and the people who care for it safe during a global pandemic? The spread of Covid-19 has not changed that level of care, which we give to the thousands of artworks and the millions of library and archive items in our collection. However, it has certainly created new challenges, whether that is the need for social distancing or restrictions on international travel. As the galleries move in and out of lockdown, our Collection Care teams have been working together to find new ways of looking after art in exceptional times.
In this film, hear from art handlers and registrars as they discuss the challenges of transporting and installing artworks during the coronavirus crisis. Watch conservators, technicians and photographers prepare artworks for display with new protective measures and discover how we are adapting processes to continue to allow visitors safe access to artworks, library, and archive items in our Library, Archive and Prints and Drawings Rooms.