Salvaging and Conservation advice for flood damaged collections
The following organisations have provided information regarding salvaging and restoring flood damaged materials including collections held in galleries and museums and personal collections of photographs and other paper-based works.
Museums and Galleries NSW
This collection of resources deal with the process of salvaging water damaged collections for museums and galleries.
The Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials has compiled an invaluable resource that cover a variety of instructions for dealing with water-damaged materials.
All AICCM information sheets are available for download
Flood and Water Damage – MGNSW
Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials
AICCM is the professional organisation for conservators in Australia.
Conservators work to preserve our cultural heritage. They work in museums, art galleries, libraries, archives and in private practice.
The devastating floods in QLD and NSW have caused significant damage to personal possessions and cultural heritage collections.
Here’s how you can seek help.
Flood – Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material (aiccm.org.au)
Blue Shield is an international organisation, working to protect the world’s cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disasters.
Flood recovery – (blueshieldaustralia.org.au)
Helping communities rebuild and recover after natural disasters like floods, droughts and bushfires.
Resilience NSW leads disaster and emergency efforts from prevention to recovery.
Resilience NSW | NSW Government
- From the Canadian Conservation Institute
- Tips from various American conservation organisations
- YouTube video from Artist SafetyNet
- University of Delaware YouTube video about how to salvage photographs
- From the Conservation Online Disaster Portal
- From the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), focuses on salvaging home video
Emergency Response Plans
- The American Institute for Conservation has a rough step-by-step emergency response plan
- The California Preservation Network an in-depth sample emergency response plan