Conservators under the Skull
from the NHM London working on the skull of the Blue whale
Suspending the whale in the hangar at Bicester Heritage
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The skeleton crew attaching the mandibles
Conservators working on the Skull
sketched whilst looking down from the bridge in Hinzte Hall
Attaching the final vertebrae to the tail
In the hangar working on the mandibles (jaw bones) and vertebrae
In the beginning setting up the vertebral column and working on the armature of the skull
Chris working on the metal work (armature) to support the ribs. The large fan like scapula in the centre of the page shows the armature before it's painted and camouflaged to the bone. Created over three full days in the hangar at Bicester Heritage whilst RCI were away.
The skull is raised as the skeleton crew begin to attach the mandibles
Full team attaching and aligning the humerus and scapula to the ribcage
It's a messy business! mixing the paste Father and Son working on the flippers Working on the armature of the flipper
Working on the humerus with the skull in the background
Attaching the first rib with the skull in the foreground
In the hangar at Bicester Heritage on the right having a conversation around the scapula