Museum and Library Relocations

From museums to national libraries, our team of specialist relocation project managers are well versed in the planning and project managing the move of complex institutions.

We can give you the utmost confidence that your precious and priceless books and artefacts will remain safe, protected and in safe hands throughout your relocation process.

Museum Relocations

Working closely the Museum of Canterbury, we were entrusted to plan and manage the relocation of in excess of two million collection items.

The nature and sheer volume of items required meticulous planning to ensure full accountability and that security was not breached at any point of the relocation.

We can work with your Curators, Conservators, Technicians, and the relocation company, to develop detailed and unique plans to safely prepare, pack and relocate your precious collections.

Whatever the collection you need relocated, we have the experience and know-how to keep them safe. From priceless artefacts, ephemera and archaeological materials to textiles or firearms, we will combine our expertise with yours to develop a relocation plan tailored for your unique requirements.

Library Relocations

Libraries specifically require not only large collections to be relocated but the shelving systems upon which they are housed.

We are familiar with the intricacies of relocating a library and understand that the sequential transfer of libraries and archives requires specialised skills and processes.

We were engaged by the National Library of New Zealand in 2008 to assist with the planning and project management of their relocation prior to refurbishment.

We successfully provided support by way of logistics project managers who were responsible for the relocation of all collections as well as approximately 320 staff.

If you are planning to relocate a museum, gallery or a library and need some advice on how to proceed with a project plan, get in touch today for a confidential chat.

We can provide insights from past experience to provide peace of mind for you and your team who have been tasked with the responsibility of relocating items of such significance.

What do you need to consider during a museum or library move?

Ever tried to think about what’s involved and don’t know where to start?

That’s why we’re here and we’ve done it all before! These are just a few of the things to plan for and consider…

  • Priceless Artefacts
  • Archeological Materials
  • Important Collections
  • Storage Analysis
  • Shelving
  • Move sequence, timing and duration
  • Documentation
  • Displays
  • Computers and IT
  • Instructing a relocation company

The list goes on!


This is how we help with museum & library relocations

Every work place, organisation or business relocation comes with it’s own unique set of challenges but no need to worry about it!
We’ve done it all before and know the process from start to finish.

This is what we do for you to ensure a seamless move.

We plan and project manage from start to finish

Avoid the stress and worry by letting us plan and manage your relocation. We ensure that everything is planned – taking care of the who, what, where, when and how?

We listen and communicate effectively

From our initial meeting, the planning phase can span many months. We ask the right questions and keep you informed through comprehensive documentation every step of the way.

We consider the things you haven’t

We are experts at thinking about the smaller details and leave no stone unturned. Our planning encompasses not only critical equipment but everything required in the new facility, including the coffee machine!

We’ve got the right contacts

Not sure where to begin? Just call us. We plan from the high level ‘big picture’ through to the minute details and we know trusted third parties to include as and when required.

We provide services and solutions from the initial planning and project management, right through to getting you in the door and fully operational again.

What are our Service Options?

Our approach to ensure a successful relocation, with minimal disruption to business continuity, is to not only consider the pure logistics of the move, but also to ensure facility and staff preparedness.

Our range of services help to ensure that every single item, process, and person is in place, ready for a seamless start-up on “go live” day in the new location.

  • Our specialty lies in the planning and project management of large and/or complex relocations across all industries in New Zealand and Australia.

  • B&W can undertake people or space audits to support the allocation of space in existing and/or new premises.

  • We have the logistics expertise to schedule and manage the soft fit-out of your premises.

  • B&W can work with you to develop an A-Z document which lists everything to be planned or arranged to ensure a seamless start up on ‘go live’ day!

  • We can work with you to determine your storage requirements: capacity and solutions.

  • We can help you to plan and manage your exit or decommission of buildings and provide solutions for surplus FF&E.

Museum & Library Relocation Projects

These are just a few of the museums & libraries we’ve relocated over the years. 

B&W had the privilege of working with Canterbury Museum to plan and manage the logistics for the relocation of the entire collections of the Canterbury Museum (more than 2.3 million objects). This resulted in approximately 4000 truck movements of precious taonga over a continuous move activity period of seven months. Aligned to an extensive packing programme, large high density shelving systems were dismantled, relocated and assembled along with customised storage solutions and diorama from exhibition spaces. The successful relocation was a result of input from a large number of dedicated subject matter experts and a focussed project team.


Logistics Project Managers for the exit of all collections and approximately 320 staff from the National Library. The collections were, in the main, packed and relocated to decanting locations in accordance with stringent conditions which were developed, documented and signed off by the client. The collections returned to the refurbished Library in 2012. The physical relocation activity took approximately 6 months for the return alone.

Ready for a plan?

If you need a smooth and seamless transition, get us involved in your relocation project from the start!