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How to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects? 

Endangered Heritage: emergency evacuation of heritage collections is a self-help publication that illustrates a simple work-flow for documenting and moving threatened collections to temporary safe havens. It was created within the framework of UNESCO’s Emergency Response Actions and ICCROM- Smithsonian Institution-Prince Claus Fund’s collaborative programme First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

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The threat is imminent, and significant heritage collections kept in a museum or an archaeological store are at the risk of being damaged- what can you do? Is there a way in which local communities and custodians of heritage site can evacuate at risk objects to a safer location?

The multi-purpose handbook can be of use to heritage institutions and emergency responders such as military or civil defense personnel for training others or for rescuing heritage collections during crises. It has been developed with training and learning at the centre of its focus. It is based on the unique body of knowledge amassed through numerous training activities relating to cultural heritage and actual emergencies that have taken place worldwide. 

Based on real-life experiences of evacuating valuable objects and antiquities under extreme conditions, the work flow described in the handbook has been field tested and is easy to replicate. 

In crisis situations already underway, it is a fast and easy read that covers the emergency documentation of collections, safe transport and temporary storage.For institutions that are either in vulnerable areas or generally seeking to create an emergency plan, this booklet will be a valuable aid in disaster preparedness. It will assist users in prioritizing needs and in planning for realistic action within specific circumstances, using limited resources.

This is what cultural emergency responders, trainers and heritage professionals have to say about it:

For museum and heritage personnel:

“The easy and adaptable workflow in this handbook makes it an important tool for all cultural heritage institutions. User friendly diagrams make this a truly unique publication as it streamlines the evacuation process while maintaining professional standards”

– Rebecca Kennedy, Preservation Specialist and Emergency Responder at the Smithsonian Postal Museum, USA

For emergency response and civil protection workers:

“The manual is a very concise step-by-step guide into a very complex process. I have used it for training young volunteers as well as museum professionals and plan to use it for training the military and emergency rescuers, as it is easily understandable by professionals of all backgrounds. Cultural institutions in the countries facing threats of armed conflict should make this handbook as their core field guide.”

– Manana Tevzadze, Chairman, Blue Shield Georgia

“After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, we had to evacuate collections from several buildings that had become unsafe. The Nepal military helped us, but they needed training. This handbook is therefore, an important resource. It will help us to train others and prepare for future disasters.”

– Yamuna Maharjan, Curator, National Museum of Nepal

“Under extreme conditions caused by the war taking place in our country in this period, which is negatively affecting our cultural heritage, this book is a real help to us and those working in the field carrying out the rapid evacuation of museums and endangered heritage.”

Hiba Ali, Architect, Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums, Syria

 

Free Publication: how to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects

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Endangered Heritage: emergency evacuation of heritage collections

Free Publication: how to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects

 
 
 
 

Free Publication: how to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects

How to safely evacuate at risk heritage objects?  Endangered Heritage: emergency evacuation of heritage collections is a self-help publication that illustrates a simple work-flow for documenting and moving threatened collections to temporary safe havens. It was created within the framework of UNESCO’s Emergency Response Actions and ICCROM- Smithsonian Institution-Prince...