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DISACT Disaster Recovery Workshop

Over the past few years, disaster awareness and planning has become a high priority in policy development for cultural institutions and their governing agencies. Documents such as the ANAO audit on the safeguarding of collections have focussed organisations on their responsibility to assess and manage risks to those collections and thereby ensure the continuity of their operations. A key strategy in such preparedness is the provision of targetted training particularly with realistic scenario exercises.

One of the first activities that the Disaster ACT network saw as essential to establish was the provision of regular disaster recovery workshops at a competitive rate and within the local region. Although not having the resources to establish such a program themselves, DISACT liaised with a local conservation services provider to set up such a course. The course is generally well subscribed and is held twice a year, in the May/June period and in the October/November period.

The resulting two-day training course has been designed to assist those who are responsible for disaster planning for cultural collections;

  • to develop and maintain disaster plans
  • to prevent or reduce the risk and impact of disasters and
  • to coordinate disaster response and recovery actions.

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The course runs with a maximum of 20 participants drawn from a diverse range of public sector cultural collecting agencies and private sector organisations. Participants not only gain a theoretical background in contingency planning but also experience disaster scenarios and the complexities of dealing with the recovery of affected materials.

The current presenter for these workhshops is Kim Morris, Director of Art and Archival Pty Ltd. Kim has more than 20 years of experience in the field of paper conservation including considerable time working in large national cultural institutions based in Canberra. His areas of expertise include paper conservation, preventive conservation, disaster planning for cultural collections, and education and training.

If you would like more information on this course or wish to reserve a place in an upcoming course, please contact DISACT via the email address on the front page of this site.


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