Pioneering Resource on First Aid to Cultural Heritage Now Available

ICCROM and the Prince Claus Fund have published an innovative handbook and toolkit on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, for free download.

The resource has multiple uses: it will help to improve emergency preparedness within cultural heritage institutions, serve as a reference to train others, and act as a guide for planning and implementing coordinated cultural heritage first aid.

The First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis Handbook and Toolkit is the outcome of nearly a decade of field experience gained by ICCROM, and a close partnership between ICCROM, the Prince Claus Fund and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative. It has been developed to answer to the increasing need for cultural heritage professionals and humanitarians alike to have a reliable and user-friendly reference that integrates heritage safeguarding into emergency and recovery activities, offering standard operating procedures that are applicable in almost any crisis context.

Who will be interested in reading it?

  • Cultural heritage professionals and institutions that would like to develop coordinated emergency plans.
  • Community-based organizations and humanitarian aid professionals who are working to enhance disaster resilience in-risk prone regions of the world.
  • Civil protection, civil defence and military personnel, firefighters, and others in charge of protecting communities and their assets during disasters and conflicts.
FAC workflow

What does it feature?

  • The Handbook offers step-by-step instructions and real-life case examples. It walks readers through the three  phases of cultural heritage First Aid – (1) situation analysis; (2) post event, on-site damage and risk assessment; (3) security and stabilisation, which collectively lead to early recovery.
  • The phases include workflows and procedures that resemble those followed by emergency responders and humanitarian aid professionals, making in-field coordination possible.
  • The layout and language is simple and easy to understand.
  • It is interactive, so you can move quickly through the sections in order to arrive at what you need.
  • Diagrams, photos and drawings illustrate the text for easy reference.
  • A glossary and several references allow readers to deepen their understanding of concepts and materials.
  • The toolkit is rich with checklists, templates and tips that can be customised to any situation.

Download it, save it to your phone, and share it with as many people as possible so that together we can improve emergency preparedness and response, and build resilience for cultural heritage worldwide.

Professor Peter Stone – Talks in Sydney, Hobart and Canberra

Peter Stone is the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace at Newcastle University in the UK; Chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield; and Vice President of Blue Shield International. He was previously Head of the School of Arts and Cultures and Professor of Heritage Studies in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies at Newcastle University, UK. Before joining Newcastle he had worked for English Heritage, as a field archaeologist, and history teacher.

In 2003 he was advisor to the UK’s Ministry of Defence regarding the identification and protection of the archaeological cultural heritage in Iraq. He has remained active in working with the military to refine attitudes and develop processes for the better protection of cultural property in times of conflict. He has written extensively on this topic including co-editing, with Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly, The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq (2008) and editing Cultural Heritage, Ethics and the Military (2011). His article ‘The 4 Tier approach’ led directly to the establishment of a Joint Service Cultural Property Protection Unit in UK forces to become operational in 2019/20.

Peter will be giving a number of talks across Sydney, Hobart and Canberra. Location details below. Please click the links to access flyers for each talk.

SYDNEY

Protecting Cultural Property in Conflict: Critical responsibility or unnecessary, impossible, distraction?

Monday, 30 July 2018, 5:30PM
Quadrangle Building, Philosophy Room S249, The University of Sydney
For further details contact: info@blueshieldaustralia.org.au

Sponsored by Australia ICOMOS, University of Sydney and Blue Shield Australia

HOBART

World Heritage Sites as Ambassadors for Peace

Tuesday, 7 August 2018, 6 PM
Centenary Lecture Theatre, Centenary Building, University of Tasmania
For further details contact: peter.w.wilson@utas.edu.au

Sponsored by University of Tasmania and Blue Shield Australia

CANBERRA

Unfortunately there will now not be a public event in Canberra.

Understanding Risk Factors in a Disaster Environment: Evaluation of a Three Week Study Tour of Japan

Adam Lebowitz, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Kelsea Clingeleffer, Liana Riddington, Zara Hoare, and Warde Macintosh, University of Tasmania, provide insights into the advantages of study tour experiences.

Abstract
On-site tours of post-disaster areas can deepen conceptual understanding of risks in a disaster environment. This evaluation describes highlights of a three-week program in Japan for Australian students of disaster psychology to study disaster mitigation and management in a different cultural setting. Students visited northeastern areas of Japan affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11 March 2011, and centres for learning and memorialisation (the process of preserving memories of people or events) in Tokyo. This visit allowed students to meet experts in disaster risk reduction and recovery and allowed observation of how theory and practice in these areas have been developed in Japan.

Read Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Volume 30 Number 3, July 2015, pp 62-65.

For further information contact Dr Tanya Park, Chair Blue Shield Australia 

 

CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference Suva, Fiji, 1-5 October 2018

The 2018 CULTURE Conference Committee invites you to register for the conference. Visit the CULTURE: Conserving it Together conference website for more information on registration, the program, speakers and more. Following on from the Blue Shield Australia Symposium held in January, one of the key themes of the conference is Heritage at Risk: Climate Change and Disasters. The conference is a joint undertaking of Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS Pasifika.

Download the 2018 CULTURE Conference Leaflet.

Initial queries about this conference can be directed to Bradley Hayden, details below.

Bradley Hayden
Countrywide Conference & Event Management
PO Box 5013
ALBURY NSW 2708
Phone: +61 412 461 392
email Bradley

Blue Shield Australia submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, March 2018

Blue Shield Australia submission to the Australian Government Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, March 2018

Australia is a signatory to the 1954 Hague Convention Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict, but has yet to adopt the First and Second Protocols.  Signing of the Protocols would place Australia on an international level and underline legal commitment alongside the 108 nations that are parties to the First Protocol and Second Protocol [New Zealand (2013) and the UK (2017)]

Immediately following the Blue Shield Symposium [29-30 January 2018] a “Cultural Property Protection Expert Group Roundtable” met at Old Parliament House, Canberra [31 January 2018]. Representatives attended from the Departments of Defence, Home Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Communications and the Arts, and Environment and Energy met with BSA, ARC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, peak bodies and international observers from the UK, Japan and the Pacific.  Discussions centred around enhancing discourse on Cultural Property Protection, and move towards the support of the Australian government in the adoption of the Protocols and Hague Convention for Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict.

ALIA Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2018 – Gold Coast

On Sunday 29 July 2018, representatives from libraries, government, education and civil societies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, will gather on the Gold Coast to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals in their work.

https://aplic.alia.org.au/content/alia-asia-pacific-sustainable-development-goals-summit

The Summit will be a combination of presentations and interactive workshops designed to ensure that Summit attendees depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own organisation. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks.

Speakers include :

  • Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre
  • Margaret Allen, CEO and State Librarian at the State Library of Western Australia
  • Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association
  • Opeta Alefaio, Director, National Archives of Fiji

Emergencies in NSW, QLD and VIC

In light of the current flood and bushfire events across Australia we are seeking your assistance to identify and list affected galleries, libraries, archives, historical societies, museums and other collecting institutions and whether they have sustained any damage and/or loss so that we can provide disaster response and recovery advice.

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