BC HERN Workshops

2020: Emergency Response & Salvage for Cultural Institutions – POSTPONED 

Due to COVID-19, the upcoming BC HERN June workshop has been postponed. Check back soon for updated dates. Registrants will be contacted regarding a refund. 

Date and time: tba

Location:  Laurel Packing House, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC

Target Audience: Cultural sector workers

Enrollment Limit: 24

Cost: $35.00

This 2-day, hands-on workshop, delivered by the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) will provide training and guidance on emergency response and collections salvage (mixed and archival materials). This workshop is for small museum professionals and volunteers with little to no training in responding to emergencies related to collections.

View Workshop Goals
  • Building confidence to engage emergency situations
  • Gaining skills in the salvage of museum and archival collections
  • Developing a supportive professional network
View Workshop Content
  • Introduction to the BC HERN
  • Case Studies – the anatomy of an emergency
  • Health & Safety including the psychology of responders
  • Documentation of site and collections
  • Salvage primer – care and response techniques for collections salvage
  • Problem solve an emergency scenario through a tabletop emergency response exercise
  • Mockup hands-on exercise involving a variety of techniques that can be used to improve outcomes for water damaged collections
Workshop Facilitators

Elisabeth Czerwinski, Conservator, Burnaby Village Museum

Anne Despatches, Conservator in private practice, specializing in emergency planning and response

Tara Fraser, Senior Conservator, Vancouver Art Gallery

Heidi Swierega, Senior Conservator, Museum of Anthropology at UBC


BC HERN is a growing provincial network of museum workers who are trained to respond to localized collections-related emergencies. This workshop is one of the institutional requirements for joining the BC HERN and the training received will ensure there is a strong network of salvage responders available within the province. Those who do not wish to join the BC HERN are also welcomed.