The Show Must Go On

Remotely Monitoring the Installation of a Travelling Exhibition

  • Hanneke Kik (Author)

    Hanneke Kik has a Masters’ degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from Leiden University; she is currently an exhibition manager at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden.

  • Daniel Soliman (Author)

    Daniel Soliman obtained a PhD in Egyptology from Leiden University; he is currently a curator of the Egyptian and Nubian collection of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden.

Identifiers (Article)


A touring exhibition with objects from the Egyptian collection of the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (RMO) in Leiden was ready to be transported to Japan, when international travel was curtailed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After a delay of five months, it was possible to mount the show at the first venue, but without couriers from the RMO. A plan was devised to enable the Japanese team to unpack and install the objects while a team from the RMO followed the process through a livestreaming video connection that allowed mutual communication in real-time. This contribution summarises how the exhibition’s partners prepared for this unusual installation method by adapting to, until then, unprecedented circumstances and reflects on its merits and disadvantages.