BC HERN Webinars

April 8, 2020: An Introduction to Emergency Response and Collections Salvage

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm PST

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Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC.  Our best line of defense 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.

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.

It’s never too soon to prepare for the worst!

Register here!

 

April 22, 2020: Emergency Salvage of Museum Collections

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm PST

View Description

Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC.  Our best line of defense 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 in trust by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

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.

It’s never too soon to prepare for the worst!

Register Here!

 

April 29, 2020: Emergency Salvage of Art and Archival Collections

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm PST

View Description

Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC.  Our best line of defense 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 in trust by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

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.

It’s never too soon to prepare for the worst!

Register Here!

 

BC HERN Workshops

June 14-15. 2020: Emergency Response & Salvage for Cultural Institutions

Times: Sunday (June 14): 10:00-5:00; Monday (June 15): 9:00-3:00

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

About BC HERN

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.

Register Here