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Tuesday, May 17 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Collection Care) Saving collections in an uncertain world: Context, collaboration and training

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With the effects of climate change, civil unrest, war and tighter financial constraints collections are increasingly at risk. Threats include: wide spread flooding, fire, landslides, storm damage, terrorist activities and poor maintenance. Recent events in the UK have included the fires at Clandon Park, National Trust, and the Glasgow School of Art. Planning and training in collaboration with others are key to success, building resilience. Involving staff and external agencies: building managers, emergency services, fire safety advisers, insurers, curators, gardeners, volunteers, registrars, communication officers, safety officers, emergency planning officers, external colleagues. Effective training in emergency planning and the salvage of collections is vital to enable responders to take the necessary actions to reduce the impact on collections, limit damage, and minimise costs incurred. "The best investment in training I've ever made." So spoke the Operations Manager of a National Trust property having sent a member of staff on the three day English Heritage/Historic England/National Trust Emergency Salvage course, run quarterly in conjunction with the West Midlands Fire Academy at the fire training ground, under the chairmanship of English Heritage, through the former Department Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Emergency Planning Group, Training Sub-Group. A few weeks after the staff member received training the property experienced water ingress. Methods learnt were quickly implemented, reducing the scale of the damage and costs. By December 2015 c. 700 people from museums, historic houses and heritage organisations across the UK will have attended this course. The course is practical, a good model, develops familiarity with the working practices of the fire service and fosters local networks, key to effective response. This paper will address the following: • the context • training - course development and methods and history of training at NT and EH • collaborative and multidisciplinary working In the UK the context includes legislation such as the Civil Contingency Act 2004 and relevant standards. Use can be made of UK Resilience Local Community Risk Registers and information available through the Environment Agency. There is a requirement, under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, for the Fire and Rescue Authorities to safeguard historic environments and to address this within their published strategies.

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Claire Fry

Preventive Conservation Consultant, Spencer & Fry
Cardiff University 1995-1999 (Archaeological Conservation BSc, Care of Collections PG Dip) National Trust 1999-2002 (Environmental Control Intern, Assistant Conservator for Wales, Environmental Control Assistant) English Heritage 2002-2015 (Senior Collections Conservator) Spencer... Read More →
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Fiona Macalister

Preventive Conservator & Consultant, Independent Conservator & ICOMOS-ICORP
Fiona Macalister, since 2008 an independent preventive conservator working for heritage organisations and historic house owners. She worked previously for museums and the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. As Preventive Conservation Adviser, from 2003-2008, she... Read More →
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Christine Murray

Preventive Conservation Adviser - Skills & Projects, The National Trust
Christine Murray, ACR, has worked for the National Trust for 16 years as a Regional Conservator, 1999-2002 & 2010-2012, as a Territory Conservator, 2002-2010 and in her current role as Preventive Conservation Adviser – Skills & Projects, since 2012. She currently advises nationally... Read More →


Bethan Stanley

Senior Collections Conservator, English Heritage Trust
Bethan Stanley ACR is the Senior Collections Conservator, West and North at English Heritage. This role includes responsibility for implementing and training staff in disaster response and planning within these regions. After graduation from Cardiff University with an MSc in Care... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Room 516 AB