Object and materials conservation

Art Handling, Disaster Planning and Salvage with Emma Dadson and John Bracken

Ref: M3D07325



This new course brings together the principles of art handling, disaster planning and salvage. The first day will be devoted to art handling and this part of the course will discuss : Best practice and measures that can be taken in preparation for salvaging and ensuring the safe removal of artworks in the event of a disaster Documentation as part of this process will be covered, as well as the setup of safe areas for conservation work Equipment and material requirements, identifying artworks most at risk, training and organisation of teams and related health and safety issues will also be discussed. The disaster planning days of the course will cover: The appropriate response to minor incidents - escape of water situations . How to organise response to major incidents . Salvage decision-making and techniques . Roles, responsibilities and supplementary information. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk


Emma Dadson

Britsh Library, Course Leader

Emma is the Priority User Service Divisional Manager of Harwell Document Restoration, the leading service provider of specialist salvage for paper in the UK and Ireland and has twice been recognised as Business Continuity Consultant of the Year (2014 and 2007). She is the author of Effective Emergency Planning for Libraries, Archives and Museums (Facet, 2013). Emma holds a Masters degree in Classics from Oxford University and is an accredited Disaster Recovery Specialist Restorer and Fellow of the British Damage Management Association.

John Bracken

OMC Course Leader

John has 30 years' experience in the art world and a strong practical foundation in all aspects of the handling, installation and transit of artworks. He spent 16 years at the Tate, the last five as Operations Manager for their Collection Centre. In 2005 he left the Tate to set up Patina Art Collection Care Ltd.

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