Emergency Planning and Salvage with Clare Fry

Ref: M2D13591

Location: West Dean
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About this course

This training will give guidance and confidence in how to deal with an emergency at your museum or historic house and write or improve your Emergency Plan. Through lectures and practicals you will work through the stages of emergency planning to gain an understanding of different types of emergencies, how to prevent incidents, ways you can prepare and how to react to salvage and treat damaged collections.

Course Description

This course is ideal for anyone working in a museum or historic house who is responsible for emergency planning or may be part of an emergency response. 

Begininng with a look at different types of emergencies you will then consider how the risk of damage fom these types of events can be prevented or reduced. A workshop will consider ways to prepare for an emergency including what makes a good Emergency Plan and a practical in the historic rooms of West Dean will provide advice on how to produce a priority object / grab sheet. Demonstrations of salvage equipment and basic 'first aid' conservation will be given before you take part in an exercise to have a hands on experience of salvaging and treating a range of wet and dry materials. 

The training will conclude with discussing ways emergency planning information can be disemninated to colleagues and a look at real life emergency case studies. By the end of the training you will - understand why emergency planning is important, - know how to prepare for an emergency response and what makes a good emergency plan, - have confidence to respond to an emergency situation, - have developed skills to protect, salvage and carry out basic first aid treatments for your collections. 


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

Comfortable clothes you don't mind getting wet or dirty are ideal for the practical exercise. Participants are welcome to bring a copy of their Emergency Plan if they wish to discuss or review it.


Clare Fry

Claire was trained in Archaeological Conservation and Care of Collections at Cardiff University and has since enjoyed a 25-year career as a preventive conservator, working for the National Trust, English Heritage and Spencer & Fry. Claire was accredited by the Institute of Conservation in 2010 and became an assessor for the Institute’s accreditation scheme in 2012 and a mentor in 2014.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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