Collection Management Seminar
Collections Rescue and Recovery (CoRR) at the NHM.
Thursday 28th July 2011, 2.30pm-4.00pm
Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington
Speaker: Chris Collins, Head of Conservation and Clare Valentine, Head of Zoology Collections, NHM.
The Natural History Museum, London reviewed its Business Continuity Management procedures in 2009 and as part of that exercise each science individual department overhauled and standardised their Collections Salvage Plans.
Using this standard template the NHM now has a unified collection’s rescue and recovery plan (CoRR). This joined-up approach allows for shared salvage materials and equipment. The NHM is still developing these plans and aims to develop them so that they work either at the departmental or building level where departments have collections in juxtaposition. The plan also includes disaster planning for the specimens in the galleries and the molecular collections.
The group has undertaken practical training at departmental and cross museum level as well as providing training for external groups in recovery of natural history materials
The aim is to set the standard for best practice and define a common approach.
This talk will outline the groups current achievements and share some of the insights we have gained from undertaking these projects, which may provide a useful focus for other institutions.
Who should come?
The seminar is open to all NHM staff but it is suggested that the following staff will find the seminar most useful.
Science Group: All senior departmental managers & collection management staff.
Public Engagement Group: Any staff who work with and use collections or manage staff who work with collections.
Directorate and Science Directorate Staff
Risk & Assurance Staff
We also welcome colleagues from other institutions who would find the seminar of interest. There is no booking fee and only large parties need to notify the organiser for catering purposes.
Tea and coffee will be available in the Flett lobby after the talk.
Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org)