Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC.  Our best line of defence is emergency preparedness, training and response. The British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BCHERN) is a growing consortium of institutions within the arts and culture sector in British Columbia whose staff feel morally and professionally obliged to safeguard the collections that they hold by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

 

An Introduction to Emergency Response and Collections Salvage

Join Kasey Lee, Senior Conservator of the Royal BC Museum, to learn about the work that the BC HERN is doing around the Province and how you too can become a member of this supportive network.  This webinar will also provide an introduction to the basics of emergency response and collections salvage, starting with personal protection and winding up with a salvage primer for museum collections.  This webinar is the first of three on the topic of emergency response for cultural institutions.  The second webinar will focus on salvage and recovery techniques for museum collections and the third will focus on fine art and archival collections.

Webinar recorded April 8, 2020.

Supplementary Materials:

BC HERN Grab N Go Supplies

BC HERN Reading List

 

Emergency Salvage of Museum Collections

Join Kasey Lee, Senior Conservator of the Royal BC Museum, to get into the details of salvage and recovery of museum collections.  Hear about the challenges of documenting a collection in crisis, and some of the solutions that can be employed.  Learn how to triage a collection, move, pack, and buy yourself some time.  Know when and how to clean and dry a variety of collection materials, and when to call a conservator. You’ll leave with resources to help you in the long term.

Webinar recorded April 22, 2020.

 

Emergency Salvage of Art and Archival Collections

Join Tara Fraser, Head Conservator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, to get into the details of salvage and recovery of art and archival collections.  Hear about the challenges of documenting a collection in crisis, and some of the solutions that can be employed.  Learn how to triage a collection, move, pack, and buy yourself some time.  Know when and how to clean and dry a variety of collection materials, and when to call a conservator.  You’ll leave with resources to help you in the long term.

Webinar recorded April 29, 2020.

 

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