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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May 2014

Cyber Attacks: The Newest Threat to Cultural Property

In the digital age, a new threat presents risks to our cultural collections. With the rise of cyber attacks, heritage protection professionals must ask new questions to ensure the safety of their collections. Is your collection’s digital data backed up and safeguarded by up-to-date security? Meticulous records and digital files can be swept away, impossible to recover or replace. Within the comprehensive Cultural Property Risk…

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Mar 2014

Protect Your Collection from Adverse Environmental Conditions – Sustainably!

Are you a small institution with a mixed collection? Do you want to better understand temperature and humidity requirements for your collection? Are you committed to a sustainable future? Protect Heritage is pleased to announce the launch of a new service! Environment impacts every aspect of collection preservation. Without an organized understanding of your collection’s environmental requirements, you may be spending unnecessary energy and resources, or…

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Feb 2014

Monuments Men Movie on the Horizon

The upcoming film The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett, features a new take on World War II heroism. An Allied platoon infiltrated Germany in the closing months of the war. Their mission? Heritage protection. Based on Robert M. Edsel’s 2009 novel by the same name, the story details the systematic theft of artwork by the Nazis and…

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Jan 2014

A Chance for You to Help Protect Our Heritage – Treasure Caretaker Training: Digital Monastery Project

You can make a difference – together we can help prevent this kind of damage and loss.     Too many pieces of our global heritage are being lost because their caretakers lack the skills and knowledge to safeguard them. The pilot initiative Treasure Caretaker Training: Digital Monastery Project will train monks and nuns in Bhutan in the proper care and digital recording of art and icons…

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Jan 2014

Do Museum-Hosted Events Risk the Safety of Collections?

As with many questions of heritage preservation, the answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Events hosted by the museum can certainly represent a risk to collection safety. Museum professionals easily imagine and often (sadly) remember incidents related to fire, theft, physical damage, pests, and so on. However, damage to collection is often less closely tied to events than more long-term risks resulting from reduced community…

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Nov 2013


2013 ASSESSING and MANAGING RISKS TO YOUR COLLECTIONS   A two-day workshop delivered by ROBERT WALLER TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY, DUBLIN 18 & 19 November Hosted by: Trinity College Library, Preservation & Conservation Department Presented by: Robert Waller, President and Senior Risk Analyst at Protect Heritage Corp., a firm dedicated to helping institutions and organizations improve heritage management. Supported by: Trinity College Dublin, and Trinity Association…

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Feb 2012

International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis Posters Available Now

Posters presented at the International Symposium on Cultural Property Risk Analysis are now available on line here. Papers from most presentations have been submitted for an upcoming special issue of the journal Collections.  They are now in the edit and review process. Our next risk assessment workshop open to public subscription is at the AIC Annual Meeting on June 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Registrations…

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