The BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is pleased to announce the following workshop:


Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions 

Dates: Sunday, April 18 - Monday, April 19, 2021

Times: Sunday (April 18): 10:00am - 5:00pm; Monday (April 19): 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location:  Virtual

Target Audience: Culture sector workers

Enrolment Limit: 24

Cost: $30.00


This 2-day workshop, delivered by the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) will provide training and guidance on emergency response and collections salvage (mixed and archival materials). This workshop is for small museum professionals and volunteers with little to no training in responding to emergencies related to collections.


Workshop goals

  • Building confidence to engage emergency situations
  • Gaining skills in the salvage of museum and archival collections
  • Developing a supportive professional network 


Workshop Content

  • Introduction to the BC HERN
  • Case Studies – the anatomy of an emergency
  • Health & Safety including the psychology of responders
  • Documentation of site and collections
  • Salvage primer – care and response techniques for collections salvage
  • Problem solve an emergency scenario through a tabletop emergency response exercise
  • Mockup hands-on exercise involving a variety of techniques that can be used to improve outcomes for water damaged collections


Workshop Facilitators

Elisabeth Czerwinski, Conservator, Burnaby Village Museum

Anne Desplanches, Conservator in private practice, specializing in emergency planning and response

Tara Fraser, Senior Conservator, Vancouver Art Gallery

Heidi Swierenga, Senior Conservator, Museum of Anthropology at UBC



BC HERN is a growing provincial network of museum workers who are trained to respond to localized collections-related emergencies. This workshop is one of the institutional requirements for joining the BC HERN and the training received will ensure there is a strong network of salvage responders available within the province. Those who do not wish to join the BC HERN are also welcome.

BC HERN Workshop - Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions

  • Sunday Apr 18 2021, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Monday Apr 19 2021, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM