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Monday, May 16 • 11:00am - 11:30am
(Textiles) Assessing Collection Emergency Training and Response: The Risks of Adrenaline

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The rains fall; the winds howl; the earth moves; bombs explode; pipes and mechanical systems fail and cultural collection stewards gather to address the heartbreaking results. Every scenario brings its own challenges and risks - are these highly motivated but stressed responders among them? How do we insure we mount an effective, safe, well planned response? Most disaster training programs begin with fairly extensive instruction in planning and preparation. They then briefly discuss assessment before moving forward to what many regard as the heart of the program, recovery and salvage. A hands-on drill of varying length, complexity and intensity often climaxes the program. After designing and implementing many of these programs and drills, the authors have reached the conclusion that the emphasis on response and salvage while minimizing the role of assessment, communication, team structure and function can derail an effective response and cause additional collection damage and dissociation. Establishing a team and communication methods comes first. Without this foundation, assessment and recovery that is successful for people and objects is rare. Assessment occurs before recovery begins and at regular intervals as the response continues. It identifies the nature and scope of the collection emergency and the resources, documentation and strategies necessary for each stage of an effective response. When these steps are truncated or ignored, even in a drill, chaos often ensues. Too many anxious and adrenaline soaked responders rush in to save the collection. They get in each other’s way, forget the need for documentation, and move objects without adequate regard for priority, condition, risk or appropriate destination. This presentation addresses the assessment options in a collection emergency plan and scenarios for team development, communication and assessment training. Each responder’s foundational knowledge, experience, collection familiarity and emotional response to a collection emergency vary. Training must be tailored to the participants, whether students, cultural heritage professionals, or volunteers.

Speakers
avatar for Jacinta Johnson

Jacinta Johnson

Graduate Fellow in Paper Conservation, Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation
Jacinta Johnson is a third-year graduate fellow in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation specializing in paper conservation. Jacinta has completed internships at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and is currently completing her third-year graduate internship at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
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Lois Olcott Price

Adjunct Senior Conservator, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Lois Olcott Price is the retired Director of Conservation for the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. She graduated from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program (WUDPAC) where she majored in paper conservation and interned at the Library of Congress. She served as senior Conservator for Library and Archival Materials at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia before joining the staff at... Read More →
avatar for Kari Rayner

Kari Rayner

Paintings Conservator, The Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge University
Kari Rayner is a graduate of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU with a specialization in paintings conservation. She is currently a post-graduate intern at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Kari completed her fourth year internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In addition to interning at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum during her graduate studies, Kari has... Read More →
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Dr. Joelle D. J. Wickens

Conservator, Preventive Team Head and University of Delaware Affiliated Assistant Professor, Winterthur Museum/University of Delaware
Joelle Wickens is Conservator and Preventive Team Head at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate and a University of Delaware Affiliated Assistant Professor in Art Conservation for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. She gained an MA (Distinction) in textile conservation from the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, Winchester, UK in 2003. In 2008 she was awarded at PhD from the same institution... Read More →

Co-Author(s)
avatar for Anisha Gupta

Anisha Gupta

Andrew. W. Mellon Fellow, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Anisha Gupta is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the paper lab at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She specializes in paper conservation with a concentration in photographic materials.
avatar for Jessica Walthew

Jessica Walthew

Fellow, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (Conservation), Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jessica Walthew is an objects conservator and recent graduate of the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She completed her fourth-year internship at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and specializes in archaeological and ethnographic conservation. Jessica is a research fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art working with textiles and objects in the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Room 511 A/D


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