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Examining the blue whale: the move begins

Go behind the scenes as conservator Lorraine Cornish and curator Richard Sabin examine the Museum's blue whale skeleton and the first bones are taken down.

Our 4.5-tonne blue whale skeleton is being moved to the central Hintze Hall, where it will be one of the first things visitors see when they enter the Museum.

But after 81 years suspended in the Mammals Hall with minimal contact, will the skeleton be strong enough to sustain the dynamic pose planned for it in its new home?

Skeleton up close

In this behind-the-scenes film, the team finally mounts the scaffolding around the whale to assess the skeleton's condition up close.

Curator of Marine Mammals Richard Sabin and Head of Conservation Lorraine Cornish have been two of the key figures in planning the move.

As the delicate process of removing bones from the specimen begins, Richard and Lorraine shed light on the scale of the task ahead of them. 

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Hintze Hall redisplay

Find out more about why we are moving the blue whale into Hintze Hall.

BBC Radio 4 Natural Histories

The final episode of series one explores humanity's complex relationship with whales. Listen on demand at the Natural Histories website.

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