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Museum & Art Gallery Removals


Museum & Gallery Relocations

Since our beginning in 1958, we’ve developed years of experience in specialist business removal services. Moving fragile, and often priceless collections takes a high level of skill and precision, which is why we’re here to help. At Abels, our museum and art gallery removals services are designed to take the weight off your shoulders. Through extensive training, our teams are on hand to provide you with professional experience when it comes to moving your collections.

Moving the British Museum

Museum Removals

Museum relocations take place all over the country for a number of reasons. Some are more complex than others, but what remains consistent is the need for care and the minimisation of downtime. With abundant experience in specialist removals, we continue to be a trusted removal company for museums. 

During any business move, several aspects require detailed planning and management from beginning to end. To help cover all areas of your move, we offer a complete and bespoke museum relocation service that culminates in a smooth and seamless process.

Our Museum Relocation services include:

Museum Move Management

No matter how many addresses are involved in your museum relocation, we provide full move management services.

Project Management

Time-consuming tasks that might fill your day are all covered under our removal services.

Warehouse and Facility Relocation

We have considerable experience in specialist facility relocations.

Disaster Recovery

We are also specially equipped to assist your business in the unfortunate event of a natural or terrorist disaster.

Moving Museums

The challenges involved with relocating museums are numerous. Collections often consist of extremely fragile items that are vulnerable to movement and to alterations in temperature and light conditions.

These are the things that need to be considered above all else when transporting a collection or exhibit, between buildings or cities. Specialist equipment is required, as well as highly skilled and experienced business removal teams.

Moving museum collection and archive pieces

Fine Art Removals

At Abels, we are also fully qualified to handle a range of fine art pieces, varying from renaissance sculptures to abstract artwork. Every step of fine art removal, whether within the UK or internationally, requires a precise level of detail and care due to the value and fragility of the items in hand.

Storing art in archive materials
Careful Handling

Our Gallery Relocation services include:

Bespoke fine art casing

High-value or sentimental artworks we move will have a bespoke wooden case manufactured for them, offering added protection during the move.

Expert packaging for transit

We will use the best quality materials when packing your belongings for transit. Our team of experts will ensure everything is wrapped in the correct way to prevent damage. 

State-of-the-art vehicles for transportation

Our purpose-built removals vehicles are environmentally-friendly and compliant for inner city logistics.

Detailed risk assessments / method statements

Throughout the process, Abels trained teams will undertake appropriate risk assessments and method statements to ensure all tasks are completed safely and to schedule. We can keep track of your inventory through our comprehensive auditing services.

Specialist secure storage solutions

We also offer secure storage for specialist moves, with a well-maintained warehousing chain across the country.

Moving Fine Art

Ensuring pieces of fragile and valuable items are safe en route to their destination is our priority. Every single member of our removals teams is specially trained to handle all aspects of a fragile move. 

Alongside our expert personnel, Abels’ fleet of removals vehicles is ideally equipped to protect fine art during transit. Soft air-ride suspension minimises movement inside our vans and a double inner skin cushions movement. This also protects historic fine art from warping due to moisture or temperature changes in the air.

moving and installing fine art

Why Choose Abels?

At Abels, are proud members of the Museums Association and hold a number of industry certifications and accreditations for quality assurance accreditation (ISO9001:2008), FIDI FAIM Plus and Investors in People. We are also members of three other industry bodies, including The British Association of Removers, BAR Overseas Group and IAM.

Every member of our removals team is trained to the very highest standard, with years of experience in the industry. Our team will stick by you throughout every step of the removal process, and will provide you with a seamless yet professional moving experience.

Let Abels coordinate & plan your next move

From porterage services to move exhibits between spaces, to full move management and scheduling, Abels have the experience to ensure your collections are moved and stored with care.