The BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is excited to return to in-person programming in 2022 and to announce the following workshop in Abbotsford:


Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions 

Dates: Friday, October 21 & Saturday, October 22, 2022

Times: Friday (Oct 21): 10:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday (Oct 22): 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, BC

Target Audience: Culture sector workers, keepers of cultural heritage, museum professionals and volunteers from settler-led or Indigenous organizations who have little to no training in responding to emergencies related to collections and cultural heritage

Enrolment Limit: 24

Cost: $45.00
(If cost is a barrier to attending, please get in touch with us.)


Wildfires, floods, and destructive storms are becoming common events, adding to the known risk of earthquakes in BC. Our best line of defense is emergency preparedness, training and response. The British Columbia Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) is a growing consortium of institutions within the arts and culture sector in British Columbia whose staff feel morally and professionally obliged to safeguard the collections that they hold by adequately planning for emergency situations as well as to support others in the event of localized emergencies.

Join our team of experts for this 2-day hands-on workshop that provides training and guidance on emergency response and collections salvage (mixed and archival materials) and is targeted at museum/gallery professionals, keepers of cultural heritage, and volunteers from small cultural institutions with little to no training in responding to emergencies.


Workshop goals

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

Workshop agenda

Both workshop days will include coffee breaks and lunch, and time to get to know the BC HERN team and your fellow workshop participants.

You will learn about the anatomy of an emergency, explained through detailed scenarios to understand roles and responsibilities for your initial response. There will be demonstrations and theoretical presentations on health (physical and mental), safety, and salvage techniques for responders. Both workshop days will feature hands-on exercises to develop a response plan, learn to assess the situation and execute the salvage process. You will leave the workshop equipped with knowledge, practical experience, resources, and the tools to support the creation of your emergency plan and response team in your own institution.

Workshop Facilitators

Instructors from the BC HERN Steering Group

If you have any questions about this workshop or the BC HERN, please email Heidi Swierenga from the BC HERN Steering Group.

Please note: This workshop will be offered throughout the province in 2022. Additional dates and locations for the same workshop are:

  • Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre - Sep 18 & 19, 2022
  • Museum of Vancouver - Nov 24 & 25, 2022

It’s never too soon to prepare for the worst.

Register today!








We gratefully acknowledge funding support of this workshop series from the Government of Canada.


BC HERN Workshop - Emergency Response and Salvage for Cultural Institutions - Abbotsford

  • Friday Oct 21 2022, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday Oct 22 2022, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Reach Gallery Museum
    32388 Veterans Way
    Abbotsford, British Columbia
    V2T 0B3