Through the conservation keyhole: Taking a look at disaster preparedness

At our recent Friday morning training session Special Collections and Archive Services staff focused on the lessons that can be learned in disaster awareness and prevention from our colleagues in similar institutions. With two major heritage collections having suffered horrendous fires in the past few years we are aware that there are always lessons that can be learned to improve our processes and systems in these areas.  The training session gave staff an opportunity to reflect on our own commitment and understanding of disaster prevention utilising the following presentations.

On 30th September 2015, co-ordinated by the Scottish Council on Archives’ Preservation Committee, Fire in the Archives brought together expert speakers to share experiences, discuss lessons learned and provide key advice to help delegates manage risk and take a proactive approach to disaster mitigation and planning.

The speakers were:

  • Iwan Bryn James (Conservation Unit Head, Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales)

Tân! Dealing with the aftermath of the NLW fire

  • Susannah Waters (Archivist, The Glasgow School of Art)

Archives from the Ashes: Recovery work after The Glasgow School of Art Fire

  • Robert Reid (Watch Manager B, National Fire Safety Enforcement, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service)

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Business


Colleagues who were unable to attend can find out more about the speakers and download their presentations at:

A fascinating film showing how the fire progressed through The Glasgow School of Art building and was eventually extinguished has been made by the Scottish Fire and Rescue service, see below



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