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Storing Rajah's Bones

Storing Rajah's Bones

By Craig Collier
Monday, 12 June 2017

Rajah the Elephant

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Some elephant bones are big and heavy while others can be small or long, and all have easily marked surfaces. They come in an array of amazing shapes; sweeping curves, knife-like edges or big knobbly ends - strangely beautiful seen on their own but definitely not convenient flat blocks to pack in a box!

A storage solution was needed that brought the twenty odd bones together, was safe, strong and secure but also compact, easily accessible and mobile if needed.

We started with a sealed wooden museum pallet specifically made for our mobile compactor storage. The largest bones were arranged on shaped polyethylene foam beds and strapped down.

  • A second elevated layer supported by legs was added to the pallet for yet more large and heavy bones.
  • Finally a third layer of the lightest bones completed the set.
  • Each layer can be removed to access individual bones when needed.

They were picked up and laid to rest in their new home in a mobile compactor storage unit with a dust and light protective cover for long term storage.

  • Post by: Craig Collier

    Craig Collier is a Collections Storage Technician working in Collections & Research at Auckland Museum.