Online In Conversation Event

1-2pm, Thursday 1 February 2024

Museum Development North West’s recent report into museum emergency networks and support across our region identified that risks are increasing, especially due to climate change, from water, pests, and mould. The report also highlighted that the levels of emergency preparedness in our museums varies greatly.

Our next online In Conversation event brings together two speakers with vast experience of both planning for an emergency and dealing with one when it actually happens.

Emma Dadson is the Key Account Director for Harwell Restoration, the UK’s leading service provider in disaster recovery for the heritage sector, with over 1,000 archives, museums, and historic house users. Harwell offer a 24/7 response service to damage to property and contents after fire or flood. They also provide services for emergency planning, including bespoke composition and staff training to ensure effective response to major incidents, harnessing their practical experiences in disaster situations to ensure a holistic and safe approach to emergency response.

Pierrette Squires is the Team Leader for Collections at Bolton Museum managing the museum, archive and aquarium plus the collections at two historic houses. Passionate about inclusive practice, Pierrette has advised widely on Equality & Diversity, has led the NW Conservators Group for over 15 years and does mentoring for the Institute of Conservation. As an accredited conservator Pierrette has a broad range of experience of dealing with museum emergencies, including a partial ceiling collapse in a historic house, roof leaks, pest infestations, mould outbreaks and burst pipes. Pierrette has assisted other organisations with advice and practical help in managing emergencies.

Chairing the panel will be Jess Webb, Business Services Lead at the National Trust’s Dunham Massey, and NWFed Treasurer. This event will be of interest to those looking to update an existing emergency plan, or about to draft one for the first time.

The event is free to NWFed members.

Tickets available here.