Important historic fittings such as doors and panels were removed and stored while the restoration work was being done.
The gallery floors were Burmese teak. They had to be lifted for inspection and to allow the laying of power and telecommunications cables for the new displays.
The upper gallery floors were relaid, sanded and varnished. Any replacement timber was salvaged from the ground floor galleries.
The ground floor galleries had been subject to more wear and tear over the years than the upper gallery floors. The timber had to be completely replaced.
North European beech from sustainable sources was used. It was stained to match the original Burmese teak.