May Day

Protecting our heritage is a fundamental responsibility for galleries, libraries, archives, museums and heritage places.  May Day was established by the Society of American Archivists. It’s a time when all cultural heritage professionals can do something that will make a difference when and if an emergency occurs. 

In 2019 Blue Shield Australia launched a new logo for May Day in Australia.

Posters and images for May Day 2019 are here.

Two competitions for Australian GLAMs and Heritage Places were conducted.  ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED.


#OurDisasterBin Competition Winner: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Win A Disaster Bin Competition Winners:

1. Carnarvon Library and Art Gallery – WA

2. Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL) – Geelong

3. Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum run by the Millthorpe District Historical Society – NSW

Announced on the BSA Twitter and Facebook

#OurDisasterBin Competition *

Having a functional disaster bin on-site is one component on being prepared for a natural disaster at your cultural heritage site.

  • Take a photo of your disaster bin (be as creative as you wish)
  • Upload it to social media using the hashtag #OurDisasterBin
  • Complete the online entry form for a chance
    to win a $500 voucher from Preservation Australia

*Open to all Australian galleries, libraries, archives, museums, heritage places and historical societies

Download #OurDisasterBin Competition Poster ( PDF format)

Win a Disaster Bin Competition **

For remote and regional cultural organisations that currently do not have a disaster bin, your organisation can win a fully-stocked Disaster Bin, delivered to your site.

Are you an Australian regional Museum, Library, Gallery, Archive, Historical Society or Heritage place and need a Disaster Recovery Bin to help in emergencies? Complete the online entry form and enter the competition to win one of three disaster bins.

**Open to Regional and Remote Australian galleries, libraries, archives, museums, heritage places and historical societies

Download Win A Disaster Bin Competition Poster ( PDF format)

Thank you to our May Day 2019 Partner:

Preservation Australia is a conservation business specialising in hands on treatment, conservation training and education, and preventive conservation consulting, working throughout Australia and SE Asia. Conservation Resources is a branch of Preservation Australia that sells archival and conservation products.