The Hunterian in Glasgow will reopen its doors on the 16th September after recently enlisting the help of lifting solutions specialists GGR Group to put some precious artefacts in pride of place in their brand new Roman gallery.
The Unic URW-094 mini spider crane was given the important task of safely positioning 17 monumental sculptures which were recovered from the Antonine Wall, built by Roman soldiers occupying Scotland in c. 140 AD.
The world’s smallest and lightest mini crane, the Unic URW-094 model, was selected for this special project as it could fit easily through the museum doorways, making its way up to the third floor in a lift and manoeuvring around other exhibits. This particular crane model has also been a very popular choice for similar projects, especially for renovating and restoring listed buildings.
The historic sandstone slabs, which had acted as distance markers along the wall and weigh up to 300kg each, were hoisted onto their plinths in the new permanent gallery where they will be displayed together for the first time at the museum. Despite only measuring in at a compact 595mm wide in its stowed position, the mini crane can lift almost a tonne of weight, so Hunterian staff were reassured that their Roman relics were in safe hands.
Professor David Gaimster, Director of The Hunterian said, “This mini crane was the perfect choice for setting up our new exhibits in such a tight space. I’m sure the Romans who built the Antonine Wall would have loved to have one of these on their construction site!”
For more information about The Hunterian and its exhibitions visit www.glasgow.ac.uk/hunterian
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