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Monday, May 16 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
(General Session: GO - Emergency Response) Collections Emergency Planning for London

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The Museum of London is one of the Arts Council England's (ACE) lead partner museums in the UK and as such plays a significant role in the co-ordination of emergency planning resources across London's Regional Museums. This paper will outline the strategies and tools which the Museum of London's collection care team have put in place to assist smaller organisations to plan for an emergency as well as raising awareness of collections emergency planning amongst its own management and staff. In 2009-2010 the Museum of London commissioned a needs analysis of collections emergency provision and resources across 250 London museums. This study helped us to understand our capacity to respond to an incident in the capital and prompted further work to better equip London's museums through training provision and improved communication. A series of network groups across London have been established in order to share geographical skills and resources and members of the groups receive training, equipment and assistance to write their own emergency and salvage plans. As part of this work the Museum of London developed and launched an innovative Collections Emergency Planning E-Learning Tool, a free web based illustrated guide to emergency planning which sits on the Museum of London's website for anybody to use. The tool facilitates the delivery of cost effective desk based learning, takes twenty minutes to complete and is used to underpin practical training courses. It allows us to communicate the principles of collections emergency planning to a whole organisation and raise awareness across broad groups of staff and volunteers. This combination of approaches is working to better prepare London's museums for an incident that we all hope will never happen.

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Sharon Robinson

Collection Care Manager, Museum of London
Collection Care Manager at Museum of London with responsibility for the preservation of collections at London Wall, Museum of London Docklands, Mortimer Wheeler House and Wroughton. Radiation Protection Supervisor and general responsibility for Hazardous Collections Management

Monday May 16, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Room 710 B

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