Only in England arrives in Redcar
On a rather dismal Friday morning. a grey truck turns into the driveway of Kirkleatham Museum, having made the journey East from Barnard Castle. Inside are 9 large, purple (the Science Museum is not afraid of colour, as you'll see), wooden crates containing the Only in England exhibition. Four of these are to be unloaded at Kirkleatham, the other five at Palace Arts.
There is some discussion as to the best way to approach the building.
The aim is to avoid damaging trees or grass while getting the rear of the vehicle right up to the steps to the side door in order to transfer the crates to the building as smoothly as possible. Some skilful manoeuvring brings the truck just where it's needed and the crates are successfully moved inside. These are relatively small crates and can be shifted by hand.
Then it's onwards to the seafront and the other five crates are unloaded and moved into the atrium of the Palace Hub on the most brightly coloured forklift trolley I've ever seen. The final move is to shift the crates on skates in to the gallery.
We say farewell to the crew and, over lunch with Amy Dillmann of the Science Museum, finalise plans for the exhibition hanging which will begin at Kirkleatham on Monday. It's going to be a busy week!