In pictures: Moment historic mosaic was removed from Weston Museum

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 April 2016

Conservators Brian Bentley and Douglas Carpenter begin work to remove the mosaic from Weston Museum.

Conservators Brian Bentley and Douglas Carpenter begin work to remove the mosaic from Weston Museum.

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A mosaic has become one of the last items to be removed from Weston Museum in advance of its refurbishment.

The mosaic is finally lifted from the ground.The mosaic is finally lifted from the ground.

The mosaic, which is estimated to date from 1897, was removed by two conservators in Weston-super-Mare this week.

The Burlington Street Museum is due to stay closed until 2017 while it undergoes a £1million refurbishment.

The mosaic originally came from the doorway of a shop in Meadow Street, run by William Burrow.

It is laid onto a bespoke pallet.It is laid onto a bespoke pallet.

It was first lifted from the shop’s doorway in 1983 and was installed in the museum’s courtyard in 1984.

Conservators Brian Bentley and Douglas Carpenter used a bespoke pallet to transfer the mosaic out of the building as it weighs three quarters of a tonne.

They said: “We really enjoyed the challenge of moving this fine piece of Victorian craftsmanship.”

And then finally taken outside to go to the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.And then finally taken outside to go to the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.

Weston Town Council, which runs the museum, is trying to get funding for a second phase in the museum refurbishment project.

If it is successful, the mosaic is likely to be featured in a street scene in the rear courtyard.

In the meantime it will be stored along with the rest of the collection at the Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton.

Money is still being raised for the museum’s refurbishment. Visit www.buy-a-block.co.uk to donate by buying a wooden floor block to be inscribed with your name.


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