Creating biggest exhibition Torquay Museum has ever made 

The monkey, nicknamed Rafiki, being dusted off before it gets moved into the ‘Victorian Museum’ section

Many objects for the exhibition have had to be conserved and prepared for display. The monkey, nicknamed Rafiki, is being dusted off before it gets moved into the ‘Victorian Museum’ section. - Credit: Torquay Museum

The Secret Museum is the largest and most complex temporary exhibition Torquay Museum has ever created.

With more than 175 different objects or collections selected, and more than 100 of these by the local community, getting all these exhibits into Pengelly Hall has been a huge task.

Many of the items we have never seen on display before. Here are a few images of the exhibition under construction as the exhibits emerge from the stores.

Every object on display has been moved into one of eight themes that run through the exhibition.   

Every object on display has been moved into one of eight themes that run through the exhibition - Credit: Torquay Museum

Project curator Clare and volunteer Harry laying out ‘secret’ objects chosen by the public

Project curator Clare and volunteer Harry laying out ‘secret’ objects chosen by the public - Credit: Torquay Museum

The collections manager becomes a technician. Here he’s fitting an acrylic screen on a Victorian dolls’ house

Fitting an acrylic screen onto a Victorian dolls’ house - Credit: Torquay Museum

Some cases are easier to open than others. The top of this one is being lifted so one of the star objects can be put in.  

Some cases are easier to open than others. - Credit: Torquay Museum