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May 2017

September 2017 workshop announcement

Assessing and managing risks to your collections A two-day workshop with R. Robert Waller Protect Heritage Corp. in association with the National Museum of Denmark September 1st and 2nd 2017  Workshop announcement Today, preventive conservation has become a leading theme in all fields of cultural property. Useful scientific and technical knowledge continues to grow but is often incorporated in current practice slowly, incorrectly, or not at…

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May 2017

The Rising Risk of Flood

Victoria Palmer and Robert Waller  “Studies show that flood is the most expensive of all natural hazards, costing companies an average of US$6 billion in insured losses annually – yet most flood loss is both predictable and preventable” (FM Global, 2016). Think about your own cultural institutions and all the heritage and history it holds; Are you prepared for a disaster to occur? How do…

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May 2017

Cultural Property Risk Analysis Symposium

A Cultural Property Risk Analysis Symposium is being planned under the auspices of the Applied Risk Management Specialty Group. Abstracts are due by 2017 May 30. For more information about this symposium contact Robert Waller, Protect Heritage Corp. Symposium abstract: Preserving cultural heritage, from ancient sculptures to contemporary art has been practiced for millennia but has only been addressed by structured risk analysis and management…

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07

Dec 2015

Natural Hazard Teaching Materials

NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and The Weather Channel, has recently made 10 short (about 5 minutes) videos available. Each segment explains the basic science behind the world’s worst natural disasters. These could be useful as additional citations for a conservation report or as insertions into talks about emergency preparedness. They are well-produced and entertaining, as well as informative. The videos are available…

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02

Nov 2015

Protect Your Future

There are many popular expressions encouraging us to prepare for emergency situations to reduce their impact. As Malcolm Sparrow has well explained in his book The Character of Harms, a major challenge in loss prevention fields of any sort is ensuring continued support for investments that lower risks. The continuing outlay of resources that ensure (bad) things don’t happen seems less attractive than investing in…

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29

Oct 2015

Congratulations to AAMD: a new initiative to safeguard heritage

In consideration of the scale of destruction of cultural property in recent times the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has recently published protocols for Safe Havens for Works of Cultural Significance from Countries in Crisis. These provide a guide to help cultural institutions safeguard irreplaceable artworks and archaeological treasures from damage, destruction, and looting during violent conflicts and other crises. They provide for safe…

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Oct 2015

Foundations of Risk Analysis

The Society for Risk Analysis invites you to take advantage of free access to a Special Virtual Issue of the Journal Risk Analysis: “Foundations of Risk Analysis.” This will be freely available through the remainder of 2015 at the Wiley Online Library site here. This special issue, edited by Terje Aven and Louis Anthony (Tony) Cox, Jr., includes 28 contributions from past issues of Risk…

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Dec 2014

Dissociation – losing our mind(s)

or the importance of professional collection care Preserving objects requires: seeing the objects as having value keeping the objects safe and secure Human remains are almost universally seen as having value, certainly in a Western culture. So how is it possible that approximately 100 human brains were lost? Or, as clarified in a  press release (December 3, 2014), how could these samples have been deemed biological waste…

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Oct 2014

World Disasters Report 2014 – Focus on Culture and Risk

Learning about multiple rationalities and risk reduction All over the world, communities live exposed to hazards and disasters. And each community has its own cultural heritage to protect. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released its World Disasters Report 2014 – Focus on Culture and Risk on October 16. These reports, which focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), are a…

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Jun 2014

Is your investment in emergency preparedness growing with the challenge?

Over just the last three decades, the average annual cost of natural disasters has quadrupled. At the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Kristina Georgieva — European Commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response — reported that only 4% of spending on natural disasters is directed to preparedness. While we don’t know what the investment ratio is for heritage organizations,…

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