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Monday, May 16 • 10:30am - 11:00am
(Emergency) The World Goes “Pop” : Planning for Emergencies at TATE

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Developing emergency planning within the Collection Care Division at Tate has focused on a risk based approach linking directly to the Collection Care principles and policy. Over the last three years there has been a comprehensive review of the emergency planning provision to ensure that it meets current demands of the modern world and Tate’s Collection. This focus has been on preparedness and this paper will look directly at our emergency plan. This paper will outline our approach to modernising the emergency plan, ensuring it is appropriate for Tate’s Collection and how we operate as an organisation. It will demonstrate the intentional move towards a holistic approach that fits within the wider national and international context. The approach has spring boarded from developing a framework for planning along with a framework for the plan itself. This has resulted in the creation of a solid foundation of knowledge, developed in collaboration with internal and external partners. Internal partners have included Facilities, Library, Archive, Registrars, Conservation, Photography and Art Handling. External partnerships have included universities, emergency planning professional (UK wide-provision) and other cultural organisations. Tate is based across multiple sites, with collections and staff across 6 sites in the United Kingdom, also collections on loan and tour at international venues. The complexity and frequency of our programme for acquisitions, displays, exhibitions, loans and touring, presented a challenge when planning for emergencies. There is constant movement and change of artworks, moving on a daily basis. Critical for us is how to ensure the emergency plan would be relevant, current, flexible and responsive. The next step in our process is to further develop our emergency training provision, preparing for our response. We have undertaken research into the use of the virtual world and environments as a training platform. We are exploring methods of delivering training across multiple sites, to large numbers of staff across these sites and how to ensure consistency and quality of provision, in a cost-effective sustainable way. The paper will share our approach and enable wider discussion of the framework and plan we have developed within the conference.

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Louise Lawson

Conservation Manager (Sculpture and Time Based Media), Tate
Louise Lawson is the Conservation Manager for Sculpture and Time Based Media, in post for over 4 years. Previous organisations have included: Glasgow Museums and National Museums Liverpool. Qualifications include: Postgraduate Degree in Disaster Planning, Postgraduate Degree and Undergraduate... Read More →

Deborah Potter

Head of Conservation, Tate
Deborah Potter is the Head of Conservation at Tate, in post for over 6 years. Previous organisations have included; National Army Museum, Glasgow Museums, University of Leicester, Linen Hall Library, Royal Naval Museum. Qualifications include; AMA (Associate Membership of the Museums... Read More →

Monday May 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room 513 A/C