A number of interesting and informative workshops were held on the afternoon of Monday 29 January 2018 at the National Library of Australia, in conjunction with the main symposium.

Workshop 1: Implementing the 1954 Hague Convention and its Protocols through the Blue Shield Approach


Professor Peter G Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection & Peace, Newcastle University, UK
Time: 1.00pm-3.00pm (Afternoon Tea to follow)
Prof Stone will introduce the Blue Shield Approach and emphasise how different national committees of the Blue Shield are building their roles and responsibilities and strategic plans from the Approach. Participants will learn how the Approach is intended as a framework for Blue Shield activity set within the wider context as provided by the UN, UNESCO, and other international initiatives regarding environmental disaster such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Participants will have the opportunity to work in groups to plan and propose how the Australian national committee might want to set their roles, responsibilities, and priorities over the short, medium, and long term

Workshop 2: Integrated disaster planning for cultural collections: connecting the physical and digital


Heather Brown, SLSA Artlab
Time: 3.30pm – 4.45pm (preceded by Afternoon Tea)
The workshop will raise awareness of the benefits of an integrated disaster plan that can potentially align disaster planning across all cultural heritage collections—physical and digital. Participants will have an opportunity to identify and apply principles and features of an integrated disaster plan, and to recognise key implementation issues, working from a generic disaster plan template.

In the 21st century cultural heritage collections are increasingly hybrid; not only do they contain physical materials, they also contain growing collections of digital materials. However typically their disaster plans focus on managing just the physical collections. The digital collections are managed separately; commonly the disaster planning role is assigned to IT systems.

Heather Brown was awarded an Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) research grant in 2015 to investigate disaster preparedness in Australian national, state and territory libraries and specifically the potential for developing an integrated disaster plan that could align disaster responses across all collection formats—physical and digital. Heather worked with experienced State Library of Queensland (SLQ) staff to develop a ‘proof of concept’ template for an integrated disaster plan, using the SLQ plan as a model.

The research confirmed the feasibility and the benefits of an integrated plan as a ‘one stop shop’ source of disaster information, interconnecting many strategies and actions that had already been taking place separately. The research outcomes potentially have wider implications for more effectively protecting collections across the cultural heritage sectors internationally.

Workshop 3: Disaster risk management for heritage places – assessing and managing disaster risks


Robyn Riddett
Time: 3.30pm – 4.45pm (preceded by Afternoon Tea)
This workshop will discuss lessons learned from the 2003 Mount Stromlo fires and other case studies to workshop best practice for managing disasters at cultural heritage sites.

Please note, as Workshops 2 and 3 are to run concurrently, it will only be possible to attend either Workshop 2 OR Workshop 3, not both.